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Foundation Staff, Fellow Meet with Nation's Top Doctor

December 5, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

In November, John T. Gorman Foundation Chief Program Officer Nicole Witherbee (right) had the chance to brief U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on work the Foundation is supporting to address the public health crisis of childhood lead poisoning in Lewiston. “Confronting this crisis by building safer housing is essential, but it’s also an opportunity -- for residents to get the job skills and training necessary to do the work of redeveloping their 30-block neighborhood,”…

10 Maine Leaders Complete John T. Gorman Fellowship

November 27, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates, Press Releases

Intensive program strengthens leaders’ capacity to make a measurable difference in the lives of Maine people PORTLAND, Maine – This month, 10 leaders from across Maine completed the 2019 John T. Gorman Fellowship, an intensive program designed to strengthen their ability to make a measurable difference in the lives of disadvantaged Mainers. This is the third cohort for the program, which was established in 2015 and now includes 32 Fellows. “Through the John T. Gorman…

Fall 2019 Newsletter

October 28, 2019 – Newsletters

Dear Friend, While adjectives like emotional and inspiring are not commonly associated with city council meetings, the words fit recent proceedings in Lewiston to a T. Last month, the Lewiston City Council took a major step toward a better future for thousands of children and families by unanimously approving a transformation plan for the Tree Street neighborhood. The vote validated over a year’s worth of kitchen-table discussions and community-wide meetings that have galvanized Tree Street…

Foundation Lends Support to New Public-Private Partnership to Address Elder Abuse

October 23, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates, Press Releases

-----John T. Gorman Foundation President Tony Cipollone and Chief Program Officer Nicole Witherbee attended today's signing ceremony, as the Foundation has pledged its support of this important partnership. Below is the Governor's Press Release.---- Joined by lawmakers, advocates for older Mainers, and other state government officials, Governor Janet Mills today signed an Executive Order establishing the Elder Justice Coordinating Partnership to combat elder abuse in Maine. The Partnership – comprised of government officials from the…

Fall '19 Foundation News of Note

October 23, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

UPDATED RESOURCES: The Foundation maintains a frequently updated library of resources with the latest data, reports, and findings on our priority areas: young children, older youth, families and seniors. Take a look here at the latest. IN THE NEWS: Watch a great interview with Portland Public Library’s new residential social worker, a position supported through a Direct Services Grant to serve library patrons in need. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Foundation has joined other organizations to establish the…

Maine Prepares for New Federal Law with Aim of Keeping More Families Together

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

John T. Gorman Foundation sponsors an event to inform Maine stakeholders on the Family First Services Prevention Act, a new federal child welfare law aimed at strengthening at-risk families   The stability, emotional connection, and support a child receives from their family form the foundation for well-being and future success. Yet, many families struggle at times to offer these essential building blocks or even to provide a safe environment for their children. In these difficult…

Rising to the Challenge

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

When 300 asylum seekers unexpectedly arrived in Portland this summer, John T. Gorman Fellow Gail Cressey led successful efforts to prepare 85 immigrant children for the rapidly approaching school year. In late June, groups of asylum seekers from Central African nations started to arrive in Portland by Greyhound bus. They would eventually number 300, including a significant number of children. Facing persecution and violence in their home countries, most had fled to South and Central…

In Lewiston, A Cause for Applause

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Growing Our Tree Streets, a transformation plan for Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood, reaches an important milestone On September 17, the Lewiston City Council voted unanimously to adopt Growing Our Tree Streets, a HUD Choice Neighborhood transformation plan centered on Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood.  Rules against cheering couldn’t keep the packed chambers from erupting in applause. The vote comes a year and a half after Lewiston became the smallest city in the country to receive a…