For thousands of adults and families living in the most severe poverty the Resource Center is the only place they can find safety and hope. The only place they can turn for a warm coat, a shower, a telephone, or a chance to make a better life for themselves.
Imagine if you didn’t have a home. You wouldn’t have a shower, a phone, or a refrigerator. You wouldn’t have a place to store your clothes or get your mail.
A place where we can
repeat in our memories
the fun times;
The times and times we didn’t get a chance to know.
For it is the place I go when I feel the need to know.
For when I walk away
I am glad to say
this wall is for you and
I can come everyday.
Or imagine what it would be like
- not having clean socks or underwear,
- having no place to brush your teeth, or
- trying to find a job while carrying everything you own around on your back.
Hub of Services
The Preble Street Resource Center is the hub of services for hundreds of homeless people in Portland—meeting urgent needs at an on-site clothing closet, soup kitchen, and food pantry; coordinating hours with the City of Portland Men’s Shelter, a block away on Oxford Street; and providing direct access to casework services.
Casework staff includes social workers, employment caseworkers and multicultural caseworkers who are available when the Resource Center is open. In addition to working directly with clients, they provide referrals and access to other area providers for services such as health care, education, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and legal assistance; coordinate services; and mediate between individuals and service providers. Key services include:
- Assisting clients with emergency needs such as temporary shelter or food
- Individual assessment and service planning to develop goals and linkage to resources
- Review of financial issues and assistance with applications for entitlements such as food stamps, MaineCare, SSI, or housing programs such as Section 8, Shelter+Care, or BRAP
- Ongoing support for housing location and job readiness
- Advocacy for clients at both individual and systems levels.
Using a holistic approach that provides social services while meeting concrete needs for food, clothing and shelter, Caseworkers build on the positive resources and abilities of clients to facilitate independence and self-sufficiency, giving people a hand up and not just a hand out.