Bangor ‘Hope House’ Shelter to Serve Those Battling Addictions 

A shelter designed to help people battling addictions is now an official part of Penobscot Community Health Care.The Hope House was started in 1973, and through the years became known as the only shelter in the area for people with active substance use. Acadia Hospital took it over in the late-90’s, continuing the mission and calling it the Acadia Recovery Community.But recently, PCHC began to provide more medical care to those shelter clients, and decided to make a change.”It’s now back under PHCH’s umbrella and we’ll be providing primary care and comprehensive care, including dental. And the name Hope House is coming back on the building,” says Rev. Bob Carlson, PCHC president.”It’s wonderful to be able to turn this over to an organization like PCHC that has not only a vested interest in serving people who are homeless and peri-homeless, but also to folks who are experts in this community,” says Brent Scobie, vice president, chief of clinical services for Acadia Hospital.As they made the announcement Monday they unveiled the original Hope House sign, which has been installed on the building on Indiana Avenue.In addition to the medical clinic, Hope House will also offer shelter beds, a day program and individualized care.