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October 13, 2016

Make Maine Healthier

A broad-based coalition has launched a campaign to place a question on the November 2018 ballot that would allow Maine to accept federal funds to expand MaineCare.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle have voted to accept the federal funds, which would provide health coverage to about 70,000 low-income Mainers, including working people, 3,000 veterans and at least 20,000 parents with children living at home.

If you want more Mainers to have access to affordable healthcare coverage, please consider volunteering to collect signatures on November 8th. Learn more here.

Even if you aren’t able to volunteer, keep an eye out for the petition and be sure to lend your support.

Preble Street Community Organizer Thomas Ptacek was among those who spoke out about the need for the state to accept the funds. Here's what he had to say ...

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September 23, 2016

Congratulations, Senator!

Preble Street is very proud of Maine’s own Senator Susan Collins, recipient of the prestigious Bruce F. Vento Award. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty created the Vento Award to recognize individuals or organizations who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to solutions to homelessness.

Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann was in attendance at the award ceremony, and was surprised and honored when the Senator recognized Preble Street for our efforts to end homelessness, along with our partners in Lewiston, New Beginnings.

The NLCHP recognized the Senator for her work as chair of the committee for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, where she was instrumental in championing a bipartisan appropriations bill that included $2.3 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants, $40 million of which was targeted for coordinated solutions to youth homelessness.

Congratulations, Senator Collins, and thank you for all you do for the people of Maine and this nation!

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October 12, 2016

Maine Calling: Finding Solutions to Homelessness

Despite discouraging news headlines about homelessness, some innovative Maine organizations have had meaningful success in reducing homelessness and improving the lives of the homeless population. We’ll learn about these solutions and what it would take to expand them.

Guests: Mark Swann, executive director of Preble Street in Portland

Stephanie Primm, executive director of Hospitality House in Rockland

Listen Here!

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September 18, 2016

Positively Maine: Mark Swann

Tory Ryden created Positively Maine in response to the explosion of negative, troubling and worry-inducing news stories that infiltrate all air waves. The show is an hour-long and features no vitriolic arguments–rather, inspirational, informative stories that motivate and, the goal is, uplift. We feature individuals, groups and companies from every pocket of this great state that are making a difference.

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October 30, 2016

Love Went A-Riding

An afternoon of music with Peter Allen and Paul Machlin featuring songs by Irving Berlin, Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten, Manuel de Falla, Henri Duparc, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Kurt Weill.

Proceeds benefit Preble Street

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November 19, 2016

LeRoux Kitchen Knife Sharpening Event

Toby Guidry from Wüsthof Cutlery will be on hand at LeRoux Kitchen to sharpen knives and answer your questions about knife care.

The first knife is free and you may bring up to 3 more knives for a donation of $3/ea.

All proceeds benefit Preble Street.

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