Preble Street Board Profile – Chip Leighton: Curbside Winter 2023/24

How did you first get involved with Preble Street? About 15 years ago, I started volunteering at the (then) Soup Kitchen with a group from my church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth. I spent the first five years or so on the cleanup crew before I finally graduated to kitchen duties! What do … Read more

Welcome aboard and a farewell to friends!

As we enter the new fiscal year on July 1 we are excited to welcome new Preble Street Board member, Lauren Gauthier! Lauren is the Infectious Disease Prevention Program Director at Maine Center for Disease Control and has a Master of Public Health. Our work is incredibly interconnected with Maine’s public health system and Lauren’s expertise … Read more

Preble Street lauded for nonprofit works

…Preble Street earned the top rating of the 43 nonprofit groups in Maine rated by Charity Navigator, with a score of 99.17 out of 100. Preble Street operates with a $9 million budget, running homeless shelters and a food pantry in Portland, as well as various programs to help low-income and mentally ill people…   … Read more

Maine Voices: Efficient and effective, Preble Street respects humanity of those it serves

PORTLAND – Our roles as stewards of Preble Street’s mission, philosophy and approach compel us to respond to a recent Maine Voices column that questions the effectiveness of the work our organization does ("Poor oversight of homeless services erodes Bayside’s quality of life," Feb. 4). That column demands steps that were addressed and, in many … Read more

Eight ME charities top nonprofit list

An organization that evaluates the financial health of more than 5,000 charities nationwide has named eight Maine charities among its top-ranked operations. New Jersey-based Charity Navigator recently unveiled a more in-depth rating system that ranks charities based on ethical practices, accountability and transparency with donors, according to a press release. The Maine charities that received … Read more

Bowdoin Alumni Help Create New Homeless Shelter for Teens

In the tradition of the common good so important to Bowdoin College, alumni from six decades gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Preble Street Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter on December 11, 2012. Preble Street is a nonprofit in Portland that offers services to the homeless, including drop-in centers, soup kitchens, a food pantry, … Read more

Preble Street presents service awards

PORTLAND – Preble Street honored Hannaford with its Community Partner Award recently for its volunteer efforts in providing meals and donations. The Joseph D. Kreisler Community Impact Award went to Lucky Hollander of Portland. Hollander has dedicated her career to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Lynne Goodwin of Portland, a volunteer of more … Read more