Hospitality House hopes to land 'Pop for Change' gift
Rockport — The Hospitality House is asking help from residents of Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties by voting for the organization to become a potential recipient of $100,000 through Pop for Change.
“We have had amazing success with our work helping folks break the cycle of homelessness and becoming self-sustainable and into a home of their own,” said Pinny Beebe-Center, Regional Manager for Penquis Community Action Program. “We could do much more with an award such as this.”
In November 2012, the homeless shelter abruptly closed its doors, leaving area homeless with no place to go. The former Mid-Coast Hospitality House Corporation then disbanded Nov. 27, 2012. Knox County Homeless Coalition took over management of the house, which re-opened its doors Feb. 2.
According to Beebe-Center, three months later, 16 people are living at the Hospitality House Family Shelter and an additional 14 people are being housed in local hotels and apartments.
She added that 65 people are enrolled in the wrap-around program and 19 people have been placed in independent housing.
“We are thankful for our accomplishments and at the same time, we recognize that we’re only barely scratching the surface of need,” Beebe-Center said. “Hospitality House is one of four charities competing for a $100,000 bequest from Cellardoor Winery’s Pop the Cause event this year. All four of the charities are very worthy, but starting something new and getting it off the ground is hard.”
There are three other organizations vying for the top prize: United Midcoast Charities, MCH Meals on Wheels and Coastal Opportunities. Sponsors of the initiative are Cellardoor Winery and Megunticook Market. The top winner will receive $100,000 and the remaining three organizations will be given $20,000, according to the website for the event.
Beebe-Center continued, “In order for Hospitality House to move toward sustainability, we humbly ask you to consider giving us your vote. Please. It may sound like a small thing. But it has enormous potential to help us be sustainable.”
Votes through popforchange.com must be submitted before May 31.
“Although each person can only vote once, there are no geographic boundaries for those who can vote – so please ask your friends, professional networks, your Facebook friends, and other social media to vote for Hospitality House,” she said.
If you are having trouble voting, contact the Hospitality House at 593-8151.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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