Mark Swann ’84 Nominated for Congressional Honor

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has selected Mark Swann ’84 as one of 20 national finalists for an award honoring “those ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness.” Swann was selected from hundreds of nominations nationwide for the Citizen Service Before Self Honor for his decades of helping the homeless … Read more

Pingree taps Portland homeless advocate for national award

PORTLAND — Mark Swann will know by Monday, March 12, if he will be honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his work in 21 years at the helm of Preble Street. Nominated by U.S. representative Chellie Pingree for a prestigious national award called Citizen Service Before Self, Swann probably couldn’t have imagined … Read more

Give a medal and people a chance

Someone should give Mark Swann a medal. And later this month, someone just might. "The word I keep using to describe it is ‘overwhelming,’" said Swann, the longtime executive director of Preble Street, over a hot cup of coffee Thursday morning. "It’s been kind of a whirlwind couple of days." First the news: This week, … Read more

Preble Street executive director Mark Swann featured on Dr. Lisa Radio Show & Podcast

How do childhood events impact the health of an individual–or a community? How can we best “reap what we sow” when it comes to nutrition? All this and more on our autumn-themed “Harvest” show. This week’s guests included Julie Alfred Sullivan, Public Health Director for the City of Portland (Maine), Dr. Richard Maurer of Coastal … Read more

What inspires Mark Swann to keep going?

My talk with Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann yesterday, after learning he was named a finalist for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Service Before Self Honors, was powerful as it always is with Mark. Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann stands amid rennovation debris at his organization’s new teen homeless shelter in Portland … Read more

Preble Street director finalist for national award

WASHINGTON — The executive director of Preble Street Resource Center is one of 20 national finalists for the Citizen Before Self Honors, chosen by recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mark Swann of Portland is one of 10 finalists who are being recognized for "their willingness to sacrifice for others through a prolonged series … Read more

Preble Street executive director a finalist for Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation award

PORTLAND, Maine — When Mark Swann recalls his 20-plus years as executive director of Preble Street, he doesn’t mention accolades. “To be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming,” he told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday. “I find myself thinking about all the people and conversations, and the memorial services and laughs. I’m almost flooded by … Read more

Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Announces the 20 Finalists for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors

WASHINGTON, Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation today announced 20 finalists for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, which recognizes and honors those ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness. Ten finalists have been selected for performing a single act of extraordinary heroism: — John … Read more

Maine Voices: Myths serve as tool to scapegoat homeless, poor people

PORTLAND — Not a single day goes by without someone asking me about, or complaining to me about "people from away." There is a solidly entrenched, pervasive myth that poor and homeless people from all over America are flocking to Portland because we’re "too generous." This perception has been the subject of discussions among business … Read more