The UMaine student chapter of the Association of General Contractors assembled new cribs for the Good Samaritan Agency. Carol Colson, Senior Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank wrote, “Bangor Savings Bank is thrilled to show our support for the Good Samaritan Agency by helping them purchase new cribs and delighted to help them continue to do the important work of serving children and young mother.” Colson added, “We are grateful to have the opportunity to support such a wonderful agency in this way.”
The Agency was required to replace their existing cribs in order to meet the new federal safety standards for cribs. The agency operates a childcare center, which is licensed by the State to serve up to 49 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Priority for childcare is given to students in the Teen Parent Education Program, an alternative education program where pregnant and /or parenting teens earn their high school diploma, then to former students and low income families, but day care is also available to the general public. Other services to children and their families include adoption, counseling, and advocacy to secure needed housing, transportation and medical resources. The agency will provide home based services when necessary and all services to single parents are free of charge.
Good Samaritan agency was founded in 1902 by volunteers in the Bangor area to serve single pregnant women in need. Today, the mission of the agency remains much the same as it was over 100 years ago, “to help individuals who have special needs concerning pregnancy and parenting to gain the services and support they need to improve the quality of their lives.”