Youth Homelessness Community Initiative
The disconnect of REM’s www.rem1.org website has created a loss of our capacity to send out the traditional email blasts for our REM Partner organizations. Our site had been the storage area for all of our messages.
Four years ago at the REM Partner Annual Networking Luncheon the seriousness of our youth homelessness situation was identified by our REM Partners to be the community issue falling between the cracks. Since that meeting a group of concerned REM Partner members have been meeting to address the issue. You may view the progress on that collaboration by visiting the Youth Homelessness page on our new site.
At a meeting today Betty Palmer of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter presented step one in our plan to invest our energies and resources to help our young people ages 18 – 23 establish themselves as productive members of our community. At noon tomorrow , Tuesday, March 31, Betty will submit a proposal for developing the second floor of the Homeless Shelter as the living space part of our homeless youth program community initiative. The proposal is for a $750,000.00 matching grant to build and operate this new shelter program.
Collaborators are the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, REM, the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, the United Way of Mid-Maine, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Waterville’s school system, and the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program.
Although these “email blasts” have not traditionally been “asks” for monetary support, REM wants, on behalf of all of the REM Partners, to make sure you have an opportunity to support our collaboration to address youth homelessness. It would greatly enhance our proposal’s potential for success to have our community’s pledge to match the gift we are requesting.
At this moment, we have $250,000.00 pledged to list on the proposal which will be submitted tomorrow. If you would like to add a pledge to that please simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your matching gift will be added to the pot. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you feel would care about this work and want to be included in the community response to it.
Faye Nicholson and Jackie Dalton, Co-Executive Directors
On Behalf of all REM Partner organizations
93 Main Street, Suite 3
Waterville, ME 04901