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Foundation Hires Three New Staff Members

July 17, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Portland, Maine—The John T. Gorman Foundation has recently welcomed three new members to its staff—Communications Director Andrew Colvin, Program Associate Alexis Mann, and Administration Associate Yvonne Dorrington. Communications Director Andrew Colvin comes to the Foundation with over a decade of experience in Maine non-profit and government communications. He most recently served 9 years as Deputy Communications Director in the Office of Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, where he also managed services for federal grant-seekers. Program Associate…

Welcome to Our New Website

July 8, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

  Thank you for visiting the John T. Gorman Foundation's newly redesigned website! The goals of this new design are to: Make it easier for users to access and navigate the site on both desktop and mobile devices; Present captivating images of real Mainers in the communities where we work; Offer clear information on how the Foundation works, with detailed pages on our priority areas, core funding strategies, and grant programs; Tell in-depth stories of…

Foundation Sponsors Maine Public Series on Childcare

June 28, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

The John T. Gorman Foundation has sponsored Maine Public's Deep Dive on Childcare--a comprehensive look at the troubles Maine families have in finding and affording care for their young children, the challenges teachers and providers are up against, and some strategies that are making headway. This infographic says a lot, but for all the details, here's a rundown of the series: Out Of Reach: Maine's Child Care Affordability Problem Maine Calling: 'Deep Dive' Special…

Innovative model to help at-risk mothers and their infants comes to Maine

May 29, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

The John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded a $130,000 grant to the MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center (EEPC) to implement an innovative model for helping at-risk mothers and their infants. Developing an early connection with a caregiver is one of the fundamentals things an infant needs for a healthy start to life. But that kind of strong connection can be more difficult to create for families dealing with substance use disorder, a…

Mapping the Benefits Cliff

May 10, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

[This article was taken from the Foundation's Spring 2019 Newsletter] As the proverbial myth goes, the poor simply need to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” to get out of poverty. But all too often, when low-income families pull up one strap, the other just gets shorter. Take these stories from Downeast Maine. Wendy worries that working overtime will make her ineligible for the small amount of SNAP benefits she receives to help feed herself…

Foundation Grant Supports Maine Public Series on Youth Homelessness

April 20, 2019 – Grantees in the News, JTGF News & Updates

  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, and the challenges that are still present. Thanks for tuning in. All “Finding a Way” series content funded under the…
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Institute Strengthens 2-Gen Practices

April 4, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Some of the most effective programs for ending the cycle of poverty are ones where the needs of parents and their children are addressed at the same time—what has become known as the 2-generation, or 2-gen, model. As part of its continued commitment to 2-gen programs in Maine, the John T. Gorman Foundation convened its second 2-Generation Practice Institute in April. Six teams running 2-gen programs in communities across the state—Aroostook County Action Program, Community…

Farewell, Sara; Welcome, Andy

March 25, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

The John T. Gorman Foundation has bid a fond farewell to Senior Program Associate Sara Gagné-Holmes, who is now a Deputy Commissioner at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Over the last four years, Sara has been at the forefront of the foundation’s workforce development investments and initiatives for older youth—bringing to these issues a deep expertise, tireless work ethic, and incredible passion. We are sad to see her go, but couldn’t be…