Bangor women's shelter needs help

5:33 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Since opening over a year ago, Ann's House in Bangor has kept up its mission. The shelter provides housing for homeless mothers and their children. It gives them an opportunity to stabilize and turn their lives around. The cost to provide the help, however, is not cheap.

Director of Ann's House Sherry Molcan said, "Donations are the biggest part of what keeps us running. So any donations from the public or grants and things like that is our greatest resource to keep this place up and running."

A local family is looking to make a big donation to the shelter, but it comes with a challenge. The shelter will receive $60,000 if they can match that goal. They have until the end of March. In just over a year the shelter has housed 21 moms and nearly 40 kids. It costs an average of $2,200 a week to run the shelter. That covers 24-hour staffing, putting food on the table, utilities, and supplying baby items.

Molcan said, "A place for them to come to and be safe from the elements and the environment outside is a very important shelter to have in the city of Bangor."

According to Molcan, the need is great. Currently all four of the shelter's apartments are occupied and there is a waiting list of 21 mothers hoping to get in.

Executive Director of Manna Bill Rae said, "To see these women come in and watch Sherry and her staff empower them to get jobs, to not depend on other people, to depend on themselves and what they have for resources...Then I know it's worth it. Then I know we are doing the right thing."

Families can stay at the shelter until they find stable housing. Once they are able to move on another mother and her kids will take their place.

So far Ann's House has raised $20,000, but they need to raise another $40,000 by the end of March.

 If you would like to help, donations can be dropped off or mailed to Manna Ministries at 629 Main Street in Bangor. Or credit card donations can be made over the phone by called (207) 990-2870.

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