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

Different women, same heartfelt compassion

Inspired by those in need Donna Yellen Age: 50 Residence: Portland Occupation: Director of the Maine Hunger Initiative and Advocacy at Preble Street in Portland A friend and an advocate: The homeless, the hungry, the poor and the hurting need both. Donna Yellen of Portland is one of many such volunteers who every day not … Read more