In an effort to do all they can to help Maine individuals and families in need, several Maine parishes operate thrift stores, with the assistance of many generous volunteers, to raise funds for parish and community initiatives, provide venues for giving, and to offer local people the opportunity to purchase quality goods at reasonable prices.
Catholic Charities Maine
Recognizing the power of art to inspire change and the creative energy of youth, Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministry program is sponsoring an art activity for teens entitled “Poster Power.”
The students gathered hats, mittens, coats, snow pants, and other winter items for asylum seekers, including children and adults, who are staying at a Saco hotel property secured by the state.
Now in its 16th year, the Esther Residence is a transitional program for women who are leaving incarceration and/or treatment programs. It provides a safe, nurturing community based on safety, respect, and dignity. The home is a bridge that promotes healthy connections to family and the larger community.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants support local parish initiatives that aim to solve community-wide problems, empowering the poor to make life changes that allow them to become more self-sufficient.
The St. Thérèse Food Closet in Sanford was the 2022 recipient of Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry's Matthew 25 Award, given to support social ministry programs.
Catholic Charities Maine's Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Children has been serving youths across the state for 48 years.