Spring 2022 Newsletter: Meeting Challenges with Strength and Resilience

              Message from President & CEO Nicole Witherbee Dear Friend, Here in Maine, we’re always grateful for the arrival of summer and the warmth it brings. Yet, we are undeniably emerging from this winter and spring into challenging times, with uncertainty ahead. Amid this moment of change, however, there… Read more »

Roof Over Their Head, Partners by Their Side

Youth exiting foster care face daunting challenges as they transition to adulthood – including high rates of homelessness – not only because of trauma they have faced in the past, but also limited support systems available to them in their young adulthoods. With Foundation funding, Portland Housing Authority has paired federal housing vouchers and intensive supports to put these youth in a much better position to thrive as adults – and parents.

‘As soon as the kids were here, they were very joyful’

In April, the John T. Gorman Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine a grant to provide afterschool and summer programming for 240 children living temporarily in two hotels in South Portland. The goals of the program are not only to offer a positive space and academic support to students, but also to relieve stress for their entire families, who are coping with past trauma and difficult circumstances as refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers. We recently spoke with Baba Ly, Senior Program Director at the Club, to learn more about the trauma-informed approach they are using to serve them.

Meet Our 2022 DSGP Grantees

The John T. Gorman Foundation recently announced its 2022 Direct Services Grants, awarding a total of $1.5 million to 90 organizations who are addressing the immediate needs of vulnerable Mainers in all 16 counties — 31 of those grants went to programs specifically serving older adults. We are incredibly grateful to all of these grantees for meeting an unprecedented level of demand for food, shelter, and other forms of assistance at this difficult time. Learn more about all of their efforts here.

$1.5 million awarded in 2022 Direct Services Grant Program

2022 Direct Services Grants will help 90 nonprofits across the state provide food, shelter, and other essential services, including over $500,000 for programs specifically serving older Mainers Portland – The John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded 90 grants totaling $1.5 million to provide food, shelter, and other essential services to Mainers in need through its… Read more »

RELEASE: Foundation Supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in Providing Afterschool Services for Unhoused Youth in South Portland

With the support of the John T. Gorman Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine (BGCSM) is launching a new program to provide services to families in temporary living situations at hotels in South Portland. Starting April 11, BGCSM will begin providing transportation to 240 youth (ages 6-18) from the Quality Inn and Howard Johnson Hotel in South Portland to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Portland and South Portland. Kids will participate in traditional BGCSM enrichment programs, including homework help, art, music, STEM, and leadership programs.

RELEASE: Foundation Announces 2022 Class of John T. Gorman Fellows

New cohort of public and nonprofit leaders will be empowered to strengthen the organizations and systems that support positive outcomes for Maine people PORTLAND – The John T. Gorman Foundation has announced the fourth class of the John T. Gorman Fellowship, a group of 10 exceptional nonprofit and government leaders from across Maine.  The Fellowship… Read more »