Machias Savings Bank recently presented Mike Shea, family support coordinator for the Penquis Homeless Prevention Program, a check for $200 for the Knox Waldo Homeless Consortium Fall Conference. The daylong conference will reinforce collaborative efforts in Knox and Waldo counties to eradicate homelessness. The event will be held Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland.

“It is only because of generous sponsors like Machias Savings Bank that we are able to host this event,” Shea said. “We are pleased to announce that Richard LeMieux, author of the book ‘Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey,’ will keynote the event.”

LeMieux was a wealthy publishing executive living in a huge oceanfront home with boats, cars and “all the toys a man would want.” At the age of 59 his fortune dramatically reversed. His business went under and he lost everything. Destitute, he plunged into a debilitating depression and lost his friends and family too. His story is like so many other homeless Americans’ stories and the struggles homeless individuals go through on a day by day basis.

“Machias Savings Bank is honored to be a sponsor of the Knox Waldo Homeless Consortium Conference,” said Judith Brogden, assistant vice president and branch manager for Machias Savings Bank. “We take pride in giving back to our communities and have a valued interest and sound commitment to the economic development of the areas we serve.”

The agenda also includes representatives from key organizations sharing their experiences and knowledge about homelessness, including closing remarks from Nancy Fritz who serves as the governor’s primary liaison on homeless issues and is a member of his Cabinet. Her position is funded by MaineHousing, where she also serves as director of homeless initiatives.