LEWISTON, Maine — Bisson Moving & Storage has committed to continuing support for the families and individuals displaced by the Lewiston fires, “until every one of those affected is settled in permanent housing,” said Keith Koehler, Vice President of Quality & Business Development at Bisson.
Over a month after fires destroyed nine buildings and displaced close to 200 people, many of those affected are still in temporary housing, staying with friends and family and waiting for donated furniture and goods. After working with a coalition of organizations, spearheaded by the Catholic Charities of Maine and including logistical support from the Emergency Management Agency of Androscoggin County and the United Way to deliver donated goods to families’ new permanent housing, the company committed to an ongoing effort.
“We realized that this one day of volunteering, of effort wasn’t going to be enough to see everyone into their new homes,” said Koehler. “Many of Bisson’s employees and clients live in Lewiston and Auburn. Any one of them could have been affected by the fires. We couldn’t just kick in one day and walk away when people are still in need.”
Bisson Moving & Storage is donating a truck and manpower to the ongoing coalition effort each Friday until the relocations are complete. The is expected to last into July. In the meantime, volunteers are still needed for on-going support. For information on how to help, contact the Catholic Charities of Maine at 781-8550 or the Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency at 207-784-0147.
Northern New England’s oldest and largest full-service moving and storage company, Bisson has been serving families and businesses for 95 years. Since 1919, the Bisson family of companies has been a leader in moving, storage and transportation. With local offices in Westbrook and Brunswick, Maine, Bisson’s expertise spans local and long-distance residential moving and storage, office space planning, reconfiguration and relocation, records management and storage, and truckload transportation. Bisson Moving & Storage is an interstate agent of Atlas Van Lines. For additional information, please visit www.movebisson.com or find us on Facebook.