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Sea Glass
By: Becca Gildred
Jul 11, 2017

Today while beachcombing I thought how similar our clients are to the sea glass that was at my feet. At first glance, or from a distance, you don’t even notice the glass. But, then you’ll turn your head and the sun will catch the glass just right and the glimmer is like that of a […]

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19 Lonza Executives Pitch in to Provide Hope
On: Jun 20, 2017
By: Becca Gildred

19 Lonza Executives volunteer at Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House. ROCKPORT — Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House (KCHC/HH) was honored to host an international group of Lonza executives for a team-building activity that also “pays it forward” in a Lonza community. On June 14, 2017, nineteen executives from around the United States and Europe, in […]

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What is Hope Worth?
On: May 23, 2017
By: Becca Gildred

After three years of doing this work, we’ve identified a system that works! . . .It works, because it is individualized, and humanized. It builds on trust . . . we take into account the holistic human condition, we address needs that are not just economic and physical but also emotional and psychological. We spend the time necessary to unravel the complex and intertwined barriers to independence. . .

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Spring Brings Hope of Life and Growth
On: May 22, 2017
By: Becca Gildred

I recently had the privilege of meeting one of our hard working clients. Jake used to be a fisherman taking care of his family. That career, as many can attest to, has its seasonality. So, when a combined injury and sudden foreclosure/eviction notice on the property they’d been renting occurred in the off-season, Jake found […]

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Tiny Homes for Hope
On: May 18, 2017
By: Becca Gildred

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity’s first Women Build of the season is a successful collaboration of hope for sustainable impact. Once again the teamwork of Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and Knox County Homeless Coalition is producing innovative and exciting solutions to some of our communities most pressing problems. After their recent collaboration on a system for […]

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Lorry and Lester
On: Oct 6, 2016
By: Dawna Hilton

September 20, 2016 “This is my filing cabinet,” Lester says, pointing to the papers clamped to the passenger seat visor. “All the bills that we can’t pay right now.” Since April, Lorry, Lester and their Caynunga, have been living out of their car and sleeping “in gravel pits and down a lot of dirt roads,” […]

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The Shoes
On: Oct 6, 2016
By: Dawna Hilton

September 28, 2016 Just four weeks ago I met a gentleman who was down on his luck, with courage like a lion and the heart of pure gold. He had picked up his pride and dragged himself into our shelter to ask for help — something he had never needed to do before. Clearly a […]

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Abbey and Avianna
On: May 24, 2016
By: Dawna Hilton

May 12, 2016 “Most of my customers [at a Hannaford branch in South Portland], they love me. So I hope they feel the same way here,” said Abbey, 34, about the Rockland Hannaford, riding in the Hospitality House van to her first day at work as a cashier. Deaf but able to read lips and […]

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Jim
On: May 24, 2016
By: Dawna Hilton

May 12, 2016 In early 2014, Jim’s hours were cut at a Rockland lobster processing plant. Still having to come up with support for his four children and $120 weekly rent at a rooming house, he started to fall behind. Then the plant closed, there were “months without a paycheck,” and the only work he […]

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Jamie & Hunter
On: May 24, 2016
By: Dawna Hilton

April 14, 2016 Jamie, 23, was two months from her due date and on the last day of being able to couch surf at the Brunswick Rooms in Rockland when she called the Hospitality House. “[The shelter staff] sent a van for me.” She met with a case worker, reviewed the paperwork and within a […]

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