27th Annual Muskie Access to Justice Award Winner: Mark Swann

The Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award honors commitment to the public good, advanced through hard thinking, deep feeling, a voice of eloquent civility and a passion for justice. The award is presented each spring.

In 2024, the Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access-to-Justice Award was presented to Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann for his leadership in the community and the impact it has had in furthering access to justice.

Mark Swann (“Swannie”) has been the Executive Director of Preble Street since 1991. In that time, he has overseen significant growth and expansion of the agency and its mission: from a small soup kitchen with two employees in the basement of an old church to a multi-site, comprehensive social service agency serving the most vulnerable people in Maine.

Swann’s leadership at Preble Street has always been guided by the mission of the agency: 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.

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Carrying the values of Preble Street – Peter Adams

For the past 25 years, Peter Adams has been a fixture at Preble Street, helping to keep the buildings maintained, clients and staff safe, and the community clean. But, he’s done so much more for Preble Street than just his job duties – he’s been a friend to all who have come in our doors

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Community solutions for community problems

March is National Social Work month, and we are sharing some of the experiences of Andrew Bove (he/him), VP of Social Work at Preble Street. Below Andrew reckons with the challenges posed by the opioid epidemic, the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing crisis, and how these things have stressed an already disjointed and dysfunctional health system.

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