Homeless Coalition kicks off new program for youth

Aug 08, 2017

Rockland — The Knox County Homeless Coalition will hold a ribbon-cutting and celebration of its new At-Risk Youth Program at 61 Park St. Aug. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.The public is invited to come meet the leadership team, tour the teen center and learn about the plans for this new program.

Joseph Hufnagel, former director of Wayfinder School’s residential program in New Gloucester, is leading the effort to create a center that provides at-risk youth the support they need to live healthy, meaningful lives. The Landing Place will be a new program of Knox County Homeless Coalition. It will offer a teen drop-in center, advocacy services, comprehensive case management, after-school programming, community outreach, and, in 2018, temporary shelter. The goal of the program is to care for young people when they are at their most vulnerable, offering safe places, loving relationships and steady guidance.

Heading up The Landing Place as director of outreach will be Britta Sturks, a native of Midcoast Maine and serves on the Trekkers Board of Directors. She brings with her more than 10 years of nonprofit and youth services experience.

New Beginnings, recognized as a center of excellence in the area of homeless and runaway youth in Lewiston, will be a collaborative partner during the first year, as The Landing Place establishes programming.

Knox County Homeless Coalition programs include Hospitality House — a family shelter, comprehensive case management, the Mid-Coast Emergency Intake Center, and Aftercare — which provides sustained support, education, assistance, transportation and more for those newly in independent housing.

For additional information, contact Britta Sturks: bsturks@homehelphope.org or call Knox County Homeless Coalition at 593-8151.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 16, 2017 16:49

HOPE, ACCEPTANCE, ENCOURAGEMENT FOR OUR AT RISK YOUTH. Stop by and celebrate their opening.

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