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December 09, 2016

A Maine Pledge To Protect the Civil Rights of Immigrants

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The following letter was circulated for signatures in November 2016 to organizations, schools and colleges, faith communities, and elected officials in the state of Maine in response to rising acts of racism and xenophobia, anti-immigrant political rhetoric, and the resulting fears and uncertainties faced by immigrant communities. With thanks to the signatories who have pledged to protect civil rights, please circulate, share, and post this letter. Preble Street is proud to be represented among those who signed.

To our immigrant friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow community members: We support and pledge to defend your civil rights and to work toward building communities of compassion, dignity, and safety for all.

View or download a poster of the pledge here.

Learn more about the pledge here.

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November 15, 2016

Preble Street earns 12th consecutive four-star Charity Navigator rating

In a 2016 fiscal-year analysis, Preble Street, a Portland-based social service agency, was awarded Charity Navigator’s top rating, four stars, for a 12th consecutive year.

Recording an overall average of 98.23 points out of a possible 100, with a perfect score in the area of “accountability and transparency,” Preble Street ranked among the highest-scored nonprofits in the country. The agency, dedicated to providing accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocating for solutions to those problems, was also recognized for fundraising efficiency and revenue growth.

The premier rating is awarded to nonprofits exceeding industry standards and outperforming most charities in their cause category.
“Less than 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Preble Street outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator Preble Street apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” said Michael A. Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

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in the news

November 15, 2016

Service and Sacrifice: Portland’s Preble Street Refuses to Give up on Homeless Veterans

“It’s a shame that we’re out here. You know another shame is, we gave so much,” former Navy Seal John Donovan shared. He served in the Persian Gulf War. Now he has PTSD and calls Portland’s streets his home. “Military is, I mean I’m grateful for it, but it’s hard on you, it’s hard on our mind more than anything than your body. Just your thoughts.”

For years after his military discharge, Donovan bounced from town to town, state to state, looking for shelter, a job and help. And, Donovan is quick to point out, he is not alone. “Over 60 thousand veterans are homeless. One point four million veterans are at risk of being homeless,” Donovan shared. “You give your heart and soul and these veterans that are out here are alone, they’re scared, I can guarantee you that ..."

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November 13, 2016

Maine Points: Preble Street

WPOR's Sarah Sullivan hosts this week's Maine Points! This week's episode is about the Preble Street shelter in Portland's downtown.

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events

December 11, 2016

It Came Upon a Christmas Season

“It Came Upon a Christmas Season” is a holiday concert featuring Heather Connolly and Ransomed Souls, Tricia Bumby, and Betty McIntyre.

The church will be collecting donations of athletic socks or cash to benefit Preble Street.

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