News and Resource Roundup: April 29, 2020

With so much in the news and information about the coronavirus epidemic being shared right now, important developments and emerging strategies can be easy to miss. To help cut through the static, the John T. Gorman Foundation will be providing a periodic roundup of news articles chronicling the emerging challenges of vulnerable Mainers, and highlight… Read more »

Lewiston Learns from Harlem

With support from the John T. Gorman Foundation, a delegation of local leaders working to address poverty in Lewiston traveled to Harlem to learn from the groundbreaking work of the Harlem Children’s Zone, whose mission is “To break the cycle of poverty in Central Harlem by working at scale to build community, strengthen families and… Read more »

Sun Journal: New grads for Lewiston Construction Skill Training Program

The Lewiston Construction Skill Training Program–a Foundation-supported workforce initiative at Community Concepts–has five new graduates, bringing the total up to 20 people who have completed the program. Four of the latest graduates already have found jobs with local construction firms. Congratulations to these graduates. Read all the details about this innovative program at the Sun… Read more »

Kennebec Journal: Grant to Maine General will help at-risk mothers bond with their infants

The John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded a grant to Maine General to implement an innovative home coaching model in Maine designed to help at-risk mothers form deeper bonds with their infants. “A primary goal of the John T. Gorman Foundation is ensuring that more Maine children get a strong start in life—which begins with… Read more »

Foundation Grant Supports Maine Public Series on Youth Homelessness

  As part of a Foundation grant to support reporting on older youth issue, Maine Public has produced and aired a weeklong series on youth homelessness. The five stories below, along with two Maine Callings, do a great job capturing the hard realities homeless youth face, the way Maine communities are working to help them,… Read more »

Maine Public: Program pairs companions with lonely, elderly rural Mainers

“In a vast, rural state like Maine, social isolation is a part of life, especially so for seniors who are stuck in their homes because of physical and financial challenges. That isolation can lead to loneliness, which is considered by some experts a serious public health issue. “In western Maine, a federal program is attempting… Read more »

Bangor Daily News: How immigrants are learning to save lives in Maine

“In her native country, Ghislaine Bola was a doctor. Here, in Maine, she’s not even qualified to work in an ambulance. Her medical degree doesn’t translate into the U.S. health care system. Plus, she doesn’t speak English well enough yet to communicate with most patients. “But a new course at Southern Maine Community College is… Read more »