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September 23, 2016

Congrats, 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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September 14, 2016

Birthday Smile!

Preble Street caseworkers see some harrowing things in the line of duty, but they also have the privilege of seeing people at their best.
That was certainly the case when a young Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition client from York County received an unexpected birthday present from the Massachusetts General Hospital Freedom Clinic, which provides free primary and preventative care for victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Staff from Hope Rising recently reached out to the Freedom Clinic for assistance with dentures and implants on behalf of the woman, who was at risk of facial collapse.

MGH executive leadership and the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery responded immediately, mobilizing hospital resources to give her the gift of a beautiful new smile.

Her final dental appointment, scheduled on her birthday, left her with more than new teeth. It gave her the promise of a new life and hope for a brighter future.

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in the news

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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