New Hope for Women, a nonprofit which provides support, advocacy, prevention and education services for individuals affected by domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking, announced a name change to New Hope Midcoast.

The nonprofit said their new name and logo were created with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

The announcement was made during a Zoom presentation Tuesday, Nov. 16 with speakers Governor Janet Mills and executive director Rebekah Paredes, as well as community member helpers and members of the New Hope board.

The organization has offices in Rockland, Belfast, Bath and Damariscotta.

Paredes said the new title is meant to better reflect the services offered by the organization, which offers support regardless of gender, race, age or economic circumstance. “We hope our new name really sends that message,” she added.

Gov. Mills spoke in a recorded message about the importance of the work, and her own experiences with domestic violence. “I know that organizations like yours… could not be more important,” Mills said.

From Oct. 2020 to Sept 30, 2021, New Hope Midcoast had 1,259 clients receiving advocacy services.

The organization received 2,232 helpline calls during that time, and 1,353 other calls.

For more information about New Hope Midcoast, visit or call the 24 hour hotline at 1-800-522-3304.

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