Landing Place to hold training for Host Home volunteers Sept. 28

Aug 09, 2019

Rockland — The Landing Place, 61 Park St., will hold training for its new Host Home program designed to serve youth in need of emergency shelter due to family conflict, personal challenges, or other difficult life circumstances Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ben Cooke, shelter solutions coordinator, will instruct individuals interested in providing a Host Home on all elements of the program. Lunch will be provided.

Recent reports indicate that from 2014 to 2017 Maine experienced a 30 percent increase in school students who identify as homeless, rising from 1,934 to 2,515, of whom 1,458 were unaccompanied minors. Currently, Maine only has 96 shelter and transitional living beds specifically for youth.

The Landing Place is a comprehensive program of Knox County Homeless Coalition. The youth center on Park Street is a reliable safe haven where local youth can engage in activities, spend time with friends, relax, learn new skills, receive compassionate mentorship from trained staff, and access free services, including community-based resources, healthy snacks, warm suppers, shower and laundry facilities, computers, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene products, and other basic supplies. For more information, call 466-9285.

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