Churches Band Together for Shelter 

Five Maine churches are working together to convert a former home for the mentally disabled in Machias into a shelter for abused women and children.The project is being led by the Lifespring Chapel Christian Church.Its pastor, Doug Watermolen says it’s been a dream of his for years.Last year an anonymous donor who heard of Watermolen’s vision donated the building.The facility will offer shelter, education, health care, skills training, and counseling.Fund raising is now under way to support it.