The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
OUR ANNUAL IMPACT
Preble Street applauds the Biden administration’s recent boost to SNAP. #SNAPworks “Tens of thousands of Mainers were experiencing food insecurity before coronavirus struck. Advocates said in the past year, the pandemic has made the situation worse. ‘Preble Street has nearly doubled the amount of meals we are providing through our emergency food programs,
Preble Street Central Kitchen staff always look forward to Saturdays, because they know they’ll be cooking alongside January Volunteer of the Month, James. “He brings such warmth and kindness to the space,” they shared. “He is gentle and easy going and has become a really special part of our team.” James, pictured here with flowers
FEATURED PREBLE STREET STORIES
Over the summer, Teen Services staff and youth collaborated with Cultivating Community to plant and harvest a garden in the Teen Center courtyard. Tomatoes, strawberries, rhubarb, herbs, and an assortment of flowers all flourished, and much of the food was harvested and used by Preble Street Food Programs to prepare
The first time Matthew experienced homelessness was when he was 14. He was living in the woods of rural Maine in a tent by himself. Depression about his situation led to substance use, which led to more depression, and he went a decade without seeing or speaking with his family.
Preble Street is committed to providing safe, affordable, permanent housing and support to chronically homeless men and women in Maine. Our services are based on approaches to homelessness and chronic mental illness that have emerged nationally as key strategies for ending homelessness combined with experience gained at the Preble Street Resource Center.
Preble Street Teen Services meets the urgent needs of homeless and runaway youth — providing warmth and safety, nutritious meals, clothing, crisis intervention, and overnight shelter.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Every week 350 community volunteers lend a hand at Preble Street and almost 100% of the food and clothing we distribute is donated. We welcome — we depend on — your time, financial support, or in-kind donations. We welcome — we depend on — your time, financial support, and in-kind donations. Volunteering at one meal a year, once in a while, or every week; donating work boots for someone trying to turn their life around, or organizing a fundraiser — every gift you give helps those most in need.