Northern Light Health presented a $10,000 donation to Community Housing of Maine. Representing Northern Light Health at the check presentation at Mercy Hospital’s Fore River campus were Northern Light Mercy Hospital President Charlie Therrien, left, and Vice President of Mission Integration Melissa Skahan, right. Receiving the check on behalf of Community Housing of Maine is Executive Director Cullen Ryan.

BANGOR – In what has become a holiday tradition, Northern Light Health presented a $10,000 donation to a worthy non-profit in honor of all Northern Light Health board members across the system on Dec. 20 at Mercy Hospital’s Fore River campus. Representing Northern Light Health at the check presentation were Northern Light Mercy Hospital President Charlie Therrien and Vice President of Mission Integration Melissa Skahan.

This year’s recipient of the holiday gift is Community Housing of Maine, better known as CHOM. Often described as a small non-profit with a big mission, CHOM is the largest provider of supportive housing in Maine and seeks to create safe, stable, and inclusive communities through the development, purchase, and maintenance of high-quality affordable housing. Northern Light Health witnessed CHOM’s good work when working together to expand the successful McAuley Residence program, opening a second location in Bangor during the height of the pandemic to serve the Greater Bangor Region.

“In the true Northern Light Health tradition and spirit of partnering with others to better serve our communities and patients, we are pleased to be able to honor our system organizations’ volunteer board members this year by making a donation on their behalf to Community Housing of Maine, a nonprofit whose mission aligns with ours and whose work provides help and relief to the people of Maine most in need,” commented Northern Light Health Board Chairperson Kathy Corey.

In receiving the check on behalf of Community Housing of Maine, the organization’s Executive Director Cullen Ryan stated, “We are thrilled to be recognized by Northern Light Health and to receive this generous donation. This will make a huge difference to the vulnerable people we serve. It is our good fortune to be able to have a meaningful effect on people’s lives and being able to partner with highly effective organizations like Northern Light Health makes all of our work possible.”

At Northern Light Health, we’re building a better approach to healthcare because we believe people deserve access to care that works for them. As an integrated health delivery system serving Maine, we’re raising the bar with no-nonsense solutions that are leading the way to a healthier future for our state. Our more than 12,000 team members—in our hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, long-term and home healthcare, and ground and air medical transport and emergency care—are committed to making healthcare work for you: our patients, communities, and employees. To learn more about Northern Light Health and our locations across Maine, visit www.northernlighthealth.org.


To find more about CHOM, visit their website at  www.chomhousing.org.