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August 25, 2016

Welcome, 2016-17 Interns!

Front Row: Ben Richards; USM, Kelly Gayle; USM, Alyssa Wade; UNE, Katy Finch; UNE, Naomi Abrams USM, Melissa Towle; UNE, Rachel Andreasen; USM, Kendra Page; UNE. Back Row: Brad Hammond; USM, Mark, Jen Dorval; USM, Sarah Carr, Jesuit Volunteer, Tim Bates; USM, Nicole Sutherland; USM, Amber Clark; USM, Justin Brown; USM.

Preble Street is incredibly excited to welcome its 2016-17 class of social work interns.

This prestigious and competitive social work placement opportunity has been key to meeting the Preble Street mission since it was founded by Joe Kreisler, chair of the University of Southern Maine social work department. The Preble Street internship program has trained more than 400 social workers in its more-than-40-year history. Expanding from a placement opportunity for USM social work students, the applicant pool has grown over the years to include students from University of Maine Augusta, University of New England, St. Joseph’s College, Lesley University, Boston College, and Southern Maine Community College.

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August 15, 2016

Hunger hurts us all: A Maine perspective on the next farm bill

Just like clean water, public safety and education, making sure that everyone has enough to eat is an obligation of a just society, not something that’s done only when individuals feel generous.

At the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative, we advocate for policy change that would eliminate hunger. In the 1970s the United States succeeded at virtually eliminating hunger and it’s possible again now, if we have the political will. Livable wage jobs and increased access to USDA nutrition programs like SNAP and childhood nutrition programs in school to fill the gaps make ending hunger easy and possible.

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August 09, 2016

Pingree, Concannon visit 1 of nearly 400 summer meals sites in Maine

Rep. Chellie Pingree joined a member of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture at one of Maine's summer meals sites on Tuesday.

The USDA funds nearly 400 sites throughout the state where Monday through Friday, kids can get a free meal.

"The USDA, we support these meals, but it takes partnerships with the Housing Authority, with the Alliance, with Preble Street," said Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services with the USDA.

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September 01, 2016

Preble Street Art Show

From the creative minds of Logan Place and Florence House tenants comes an art show featuring new works by artists who have found a home and, in the process, realized their passion. The show features drawings, paintings, poetry, sculptures, and mixed media pieces by artists living at Logan Place and Florence House, Portland's two housing first programs, created in partnership between Preble Street and Avesta Housing. Both sites provide permanent, safe, supportive housing for people who have been chronically homeless.

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