Ministries of the Diocese addressing Domestic Poverty
Please contact Diocesan Staff Liaison, Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation with any questions.
Bridging the Gap, Augusta
Bridging the Gap is a community initiative of Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church and a partner program of the United Way of Kennebec Valley and is comprised of three programs that collectively function as a low-barrier community resource center and safe, warm place that assists individuals seeking to become the healthiest version of themselves. Their three programs are:
Addies's Attic Clothing Bank
Augusta Community Warming Center
Basic Essentials Hygiene Pantry
Sara Miller, Co-Director
Bridging the Gap, 209 Eastern Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry, Portland
The outreach effort of St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is supported by Portland area Episcopal Churches as well as the diocese. They distribute non-food essentionals like toilet paper, bar soap, and housewares every Tuesday morning. (St. Elizabeth's no longer accepts clothing donations except for adult winter coats and boots in spring and summer.) They see hundreds of clients each week.
Sarah Coburn Borgeson
134 Park Street (rear of the Cathedral), Portland
If you are coming into town up Congress, continue across State Street and turn right on Park Street. The church parking lot is the second one on the right. Drive through the lot and come to the doorway under the covered entrance. Someone will be around to assist on Mondays and Tuesdays during the designated drop off times.
Financial Donations (see website for shipping of donated items)
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry
PO Box 4036
Portland, ME 04101
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Biddeford
The Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, located in Biddeford, offers hospitality and support to all those who pass through our doors. The collection of our efforts strives to offer hope to those who are struggling, care for those in need, advocacy to those who have been silenced, companionship for those who are alone, and compassionate love for all.
The Rev. Shirley Bowen
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center
35 South Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
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Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston
Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston is dedicated to advocacy for those in need in our community. The Center's work focuses on four target areas: food security, public health, community education and support, and youth development. Five programs run six days a week. The Meals Program serves nearly 100 meals per day. The Food Pantry serves 350 households. The Day Shelter provides warmth, safety, and rest. The Resource Center offers a free medical clinic, phone and internet access, clothing, holiday assistance, and staff support and referrals.
247 Bates Street, Lewiston (GPS: 53 Spruce Street, Lewiston)
We are located at the corner of Bates Street and Spruce Street in downtown Lewiston. We rent space in the first floor of a gray church with a red steeple. There is free street parking in front of the center. Do not use the parking lot on Bates Street: this belongs to Head Start and the church. Please enter through the courtyard on Spruce Street.
Trinity Jubilee Center
247 Bates Street
Lewiston, ME 04240