REM Award Honorees (2016) — The Przytulski Family (Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter)

This year, the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter would like to honor The Przytulski family who for over seven years has been crucial in the pursuit to end homelessness in the greater Waterville area through the Waterville Area Homeless Action Group and then the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.

Amy has been involved in multiple projects and initiatives. She has sorted donations and coordinated volunteers to move families, she mentors families from homelessness to sustainability, she has created a work training environment to prepare people to re-enter the workforce. Every year she decorates a Christmas tree at the Good Will-Hinckley Festival to represent the Shelter and organizes the THANK—THON to thank donors for their support.

Jim has coordinated a sandwich delivery program with other inter-faith volunteers. He currently heads up a men’s group from his church who cook and serve breakfast once a month to shelter guests and who help move guests from the shelter to permanent housing. Annually he organizes a Super Bowl pizza party for the shelter guests.

The service of the Przytulski family does not stop with the parents, the three children are actively involved as well. Krista, a freshman at Bryant College, contributes by providing childcare for various Shelter classes and programs and has used her creativity to lead craft nights with both children and families. Even the boys, Riley, age 10, and Tyler, age7, help out when they can with donations and other jobs. The entire family has participated in such activities as pledging and participating in the Walk to End Hunger, raising funds for the Shelter, packing and delivering food boxes for the community and former guests.

The Przytulskis live out their faith in very tangible ways and are passing on a heritage of community awareness, involvement and caring to their children. The Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter is honored to present the Przytulski Family as our REM Award recipients for their legacy of dedication, commitment and service.

To learn more about the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, please visit its website.

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