Families And Children Together (F.A.C.T.), a Bangor-area nonprofit agency, will open the doors of its emergency family shelter to the community during an open house May 10.
The open house is an opportunity for F.A.C.T. to express its gratitude to the community who made this needed service possible. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include tours of the facility, an outdoor barbecue, and will center around a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. The Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck will be on premises.
F.A.C.T.’s family shelter, the first in Bangor in more than a decade, offers support to families experiencing homelessness by providing immediate shelter while a housing navigator helps them identify housing options, connects them to rental assistance, and provides housing stabilization once they find their new home.
The program is supported mainly through grant funding and private donors, as well as funding through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Donald Lynch, Program Manager and F.A.C.T. Assistant Director, said that families who are experiencing homelessness in the Bangor area have historically had few options. “Typically, young children may stay with grandparents or other family members while parents seek shelter at Bangor Area Homeless Shelter or Hope House,” Lynch said. “This separation adds to the trauma the family is already experiencing. Our goal for the Emergency Shelter and Housing Navigation Program is to alleviate some of that trauma by keeping families together.”
F.A.C.T. has a 25-year history of working with families facing trauma, challenge, and change. “Our agency has always helped families embrace challenges so they can learn to build on their strengths,” said Lynch. “It’s important to learn how we got here so we can see how to move forward.”
“As an agency, we recognize the importance of providing support for the most vulnerable members of our community,” he added.
The open house will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m.