REFLECTION: Preble Street Early Response to COVID-19

By Sam Chamberlain (he/him), Managing Director of Preble Street Quarantine Shelters  Note: With funding from MaineHousing, Preble Street operated a Quarantine & Isolation (Q&I) Shelter in Scarborough from May 2020 through March 31, 2022. Because of decreased need, the state consolidated this service to Lewiston as of April 1, 2022.  As social workers — and … Read more

Pay hike recognizes unprecedented effort to aid Maine’s most vulnerable

BY MARK SWANN SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD Doing anti-poverty work is tough and has become even more challenging as the pandemic has led to unprecedented economic instability, social isolation and increased polarization in society. The mission of Preble Street has always been to care for people who have nowhere else to turn and to … Read more

The Impact of Social Work

“In my time working here, I’ve been able to provide people with many things. I’ve given people vouchers, I’ve helped people move into apartments, I’ve helped somebody repair their vehicle. I’ve provided all of these material things. But time and time again, when people talk to me about what was most important to them, it’s been … Read more

Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year: Mark Swann leads Preble Street on a statewide mission of fighting poverty

We are thrilled to share that Preble Street Executive Director, Mark Swann, has been named a Nonprofit Business Leader of the year by MaineBiz! In his 30 years as our leader, he has helped the agency grow from two employees working in Portland to nearly 300 employees and 1000 volunteers working all over the state … Read more

Preble Street statement on Ukraine

Preble Street stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes in Ukraine. This global crisis stands in direct opposition to the work that Preble Street does to eradicate homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, in Portland, Maine. War of any kind destroys housing and leads to food insecurity and hunger, … Read more

Responding to Winter Weather

1.21.22 UPDATE: Due to the extreme cold expected today, the Cold Weather Community Response Plan has been activated and a Warming Station will be open for the day for clients experiencing unsheltered homelessness. First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist Church has graciously agreed to open its doors again, and the space will be staffed by a … Read more

Solstice vigil honors lives lost in homeless community

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Winter Solstice to honor the lives of the 51 people in Portland’s homeless community who died this year. Learn more at preblestreet.org/vigil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wfq12bEWhg Solstice vigil honors lives lost in homeless communityBy Rachel Ohm, Portland Press HeraldOn Tuesday night, the crowd lit candles and marched together to … Read more

Preble Street Person of the Month: Lydia Gwizimpundu

Preble Street Person of the month is Lydia Gwizimpundu!   Lydia is an incredible advocate for clients at Preble Street Housing First program and women’s shelter, Florence House. She has has a remarkable ability to help clients realize their own strength and abilities, and provides unwavering support in helping them move past barriers and challenges … Read more

Our hearts are full – and the capital campaign goal has been reached!

Thanks to our amazing community, The Campaign for Preble Street has raised more than $14 million from 650 donors to fund six initiatives that will meet critical needs and empower people and communities, including: A Healing Center, opened in September 2021, to support survivors of human trafficking A new 40-bed Wellness Shelter to provide services … Read more