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HOMELESS BUT NOT JOBLESS 

IT’S BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE THE SHUTDOWN OF THE KIMBERLY CLARK PAPER MILL IN CENTRAL MAINE…

THE CLOSING PUT OVER 400 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK –

DOUG CUTCHIN REMEMBERS…

&quot:we had a downturn a real need of donations and we got a flood of donations from folks who were going to lose their jobs. That is probably out of 2-3 things in my whole experiences that has touched me the most.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT IS SOMETHING THE MID MAINE HOMELESS SHELTER IN WATERVILLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON DURING TOUGH TIMES…

AS THE NATIONAL ECONOMY TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORST…SHELTER DIRECTOR, MIKE MARSTON SAYS TODAY, IT’S THE WORKING CLASS THAT ARE BEING HIT HARDEST…

&quot:we’re seeing an increasing number of working poor here.&quot:

18 BEDS EMPTY DURING THE DAY…EACH ONE OCCUPIED AT NIGHT…THE AVERAGE STAY IS 2 WEEKS.

&quot:I think the economy has something to do with that, rising costs of gas, diesel, heating oil.&quot:

LAST YEAR THE HOME SERVED MORE THAN 12-THOUSAND MEALS AND HOUSED OVER 6-HUNDRED PEOPLE.

&quot:I think everyone’s expecting this winter to be worse.&quot:

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER DOUG CUTCHIN SAYS WHILE MANY ARE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY, THE SHELTER IS IN GOOD SHAPE

&quot:We’re doing alright. Small donations are the heart of this organization.&quot:
&quot:seems like when the times get the roughest the community comes through the most. Our average donation is $14 that usually indicates to me that’s coming from folks who really can’t afford to make a donation but do anyway.&quot:

IT’S ALSO LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE KEVIN JOSEPH, WHO GIVE FOOD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE…

&quot:Thanks. My pleasure, anytime Mike.&quot:

TO MAKE SURE THE DOOR STAYS OPEN FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.

THIS SATURDAY, THE MID MAINE HOMELESS SHELTER WILL HOST IT’S 17TH ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER…..

IT WILL BE HELD AT SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN WATERVILLE FROM 5 TO 7 P-M…..

PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE SHELTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 872-8082…