Hospitality House, located on Old County Road in Rockport, is our family shelter with a maximum capacity of 23. We create a supportive community environment to allow people to feel safe and surrounded by positive supports while they are working their way back to independence and hope.
We also utilize campgrounds and hotel rooms from time to time in life threatening scenarios of abuse or weather.
Most people are surprised that we can only shelter about 5-10% of our active case load at the Hospitality House. But as you probably know, shelter is just a part of the Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House story — we are a catalyst, the springboard people need to begin to break the cycle of homelessness.
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The Landing Place is a comprehensive program for at-risk youth located at 61 Park Street, Rockland, Maine. The program will be a source of support and strength to young people who become homeless, or who are in need of shelter from at-risk environments in Knox County. We provide a consistent and comprehensive source of trusted support and collaborative coordination to the communities, providers and schools of Rockland and the towns that surround it.
We care for young people when they’re at their most vulnerable, offering safe places, loving consistent relationships and steady guidance – empowering them to build resilience and discover the best version of themselves.
Providing a highly relational, low-barrier safe haven for under-served and marginalized youth from Knox County with the intent of creating access to emergency housing, healthy meals, supportive relationships targeted case management services and community connectivity.
Youth have access to a teen center with drop-in hours, recreational activities, healthy meals, clothing, showers, crisis intervention services, strength-based and restorative support and eventually, emergency shelter.
Comprehensive Case Management
Even before we can find shelter or affordable housing options for individuals and families, we begin working with them to unravel the issues and barriers to independence and what lead them to the situation they are in now. Comprehensive case management begins with an intake to determine baseline needs. From there each individual is matched with a case manager who will help them identify their own individualized plan of care with goals and a timeline suited for their own unique situation.
Home Help Hope on Wheels
Yes, there really is just 1 van! But it can be spotted all over the Mid-coast region daily, delivering people to jobs, interviews, medical appointments, and educational opportunities, as well as getting kids to daycare and school activities. About 72% of the adults we serve do not have a vehicle and with no regular public transportation system they rely on our transportation program to get them on their way to a postive future. We put about 1500-2000 miles a month on the van which was graciously donate through a program with Darlings Auto Group.
Jubyll’s Basement Jewels
From children’s clothing to careerware, toasters to tents, and everythign in between, we work hard to put donations of lightly used items to good use. Clients of ours can “shop” for the items they need. We can often help a family set up their first apartment or home, and help a mom or dad keep ahead of growing kids. Thanks to the outpouring of generosity from the community, we’re testing a pilot program to be able to offer some of the items we have to other partner organziations in the area. Drop off hours are Monday & Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday 2:30-5:00 p.m. or by appointment. For furniture dontations, please call ahead as we do not have a lot of storage space but can often connect directly with someone who has a need.
Thanks to the generosity of private donors and foudnations we began a food program in 2016. We are able to provide walk-in emergencies with a few basic food staples. And, for clients newly independent — and learning how to budget and run a home — we’re often the difference between “making it” through the month or not. In our first year we delivered about 24,000 meals to homeless and newly independent folks in the Mid-coast region.
Our mission at Knox County Homeless Coalition is to be the center of excellence in breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness in mid-coast Maine, offering a comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable people build productive and self-sustaining lives by providing intensive wraparound client care as well as shelter when possible. Everything we do is delivered with respect, dignity and genuine caring, delivering on our promise of home, help, and hope.
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