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StepUP! Has a New Home in Bangor 

”I don’t know what I was going to do. When I found out I was pregnant my job pretty much fired me and so I had a lot on my plate, I had to get my life together and didn’t know where to start.” For young women like Felicia Hatch the StepUP! program is a life saver. It gives young women who are pregnant or have children a place to go, and provides them with the training and support they need to become self- sufficient.”I had a place to lay my head at night. Moral support, ya know, just having someone to talk to letting me know that they are other things out there.” says Hatch.”We give them the resources to get up on their feet and be successful in the community… They’ll work on resumes, job applications, housing applications.” explains Michelle Hamlin, a program coordinator with StepUP!StepUP! serves women 18 and older. Hamlin says last year alone, they helped 44 women and their children.Hamlin goes on to say, “There isn’t another shelter in Bangor that takes women and their kids.”The organization just opened a new house style facility on Essex Street in Bangor. While women are living at the house they must be on the all housing waiting list and either volunteering, working, or going to school at least 30 hours a week. The program helps the women stay focused.Hamlin says, “We have no televisions here at the shelter, we have no couches. They need to be interacting with their children and while their children are sleeping they need to be working on things that are going to help them get out into the community and be successful.”Hamlin says there are many success stories. Hatch, who is now working and living on her own, is one of them.Hatch says, “If I didn’t have the shelter to come to, ya know, Who knows, I wouldn’t be abel to keep my children. I wouldn’t have that stability that they need.”