Preble Street - Portland, MaineThank you supporters of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, who will be getting $500 to further their efforts to abolish hunger in Maine.

For December, your ‘Check ins’ will go to support the efforts of Preble Street, who provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty; and advocates for solutions to these problems.

About Preble Street

Preble Street soup kitchen serversIn 1975 Preble Street was founded as a neighborhood center to involve and empower homeless and low-income residents. As homelessness became an urban issue, Preble Street was the first agency in Maine to recognize that homeless people needed a place to stay during the day and has operated a day shelter since 1981, providing free meals and access to clothing, phones, bathrooms, mail, and linkage to community resources for housing, healthcare, mental health treatment, employment, etc.

As ideas for a more unified community resource center emerged, Preble Street launched a unique collaborative partnership of private and public agencies working together to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the homeless and low-income residents of Greater Portland, consolidating three soup kitchens, a food pantry, the City of Portland Homeless Healthcare Clinic, a day shelter, social services, a housing location program, and a homelessness prevention program.

This model was replicated in 1996 at the Teen Center and expanded to include overnight shelters for homeless youth and women in 2004 and 2007, respectively. The first permanent low-barrier supportive housing for chronically homeless adults in Maine, Logan Place, was opened in 2005, as well as casework support for previously homeless families in community–based housing.

Today, Preble Street has become the hub of programs for the most vulnerable and underserved residents of Portland.

Time to Check in

Your ‘check in’ this month directly supports Preble Street’s programs to fight homelessness and hunger. Fill in your name in the form below to earn $1 towards our $500 fundraising goal.