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Through Community Aging in Place, Seniors Feel Safer at Home

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

At the core of the John T. Gorman Foundation’s work with seniors is our conviction that older people in Maine should be able to remain safely in their communities as long as possible. One way to ensure this is to make the physical condition of those homes safer. Simple measures like installing grab bars in the shower, repairing gaps in the floor, and checking smoke detectors can go a long way towards preventing injuries in…

The Maine Community College System and the John T. Gorman Foundation: A Valued Partnership

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3423" align="alignleft" width="545"] A My Success student at Southern Maine Community College.[/caption] Community colleges’ commitment to delivering high-quality education to non-traditional, first-generation and returning students makes them highly effective in providing individuals and families with paths out of poverty. A number of the goals and strategies of the John T. Gorman Foundation rely on close collaboration with the Maine Community College System, and it’s a relationship we’re proud of. Having grown dramatically over the…

Gateway to Opportunity Gives Young Mainers Memorable Summers

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Summer jobs are an important source of income, structure and self-esteem for young Mainers, but these opportunities are increasingly hard to come by. Indeed, the unemployment rate for Maine youth between the ages of 16 and 19 is more than three times the overall rate. Low-income teens are disproportionately affected by this shortage: national research has shown that they are up to 20 percentage points less likely to be employed when compared to their moderate-…

Summer Learning Initiative Broadens to Include More Community-Based Programming and School-Based Sites

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3415" align="alignright" width="351"] Participants from last year's Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine summer programming.[/caption] Schoolchildren all over Maine are counting down the days until summer vacation begins. This year, more young kids will benefit from literacy-based programming that will keep them from losing ground over the break. As part of our efforts to help Maine’s children read proficiently by the end of third grade, the John T. Gorman Foundation has partnered with…

Grantee Profile: Lydia Home Association

February 24, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3451" align="alignright" width="225"] A young member of a host family gives a warm welcome to a Safe Families for Children visitor.[/caption] Program: Safe Families for Children All parents need a support network, and that's never truer than in times of crisis. For many vulnerable families in Maine who face adverse circumstances, Safe Families for Children (SFFC) serves as that support network. A program of Lydia Home Association, a Chicago-based organization that's been helping families…

New Report Finds That Not All Maine's Seniors Are Thriving

February 24, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Many of us know that Maine’s population is getting older – fast. But how does this demographic shift affect the everyday lives of seniors around the state? Can they afford to stay in their homes? Who makes up their social safety net? Do they have enough income to live comfortably, or are they just barely getting by? To help answer these questions, and to guide the John T. Gorman Foundation’s senior-related investments, the Foundation commissioned…

Medical-Legal Partnership Fights for Lewiston-Auburn’s Kids

February 24, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

The news out of Flint, Mich. serves as a painful reminder of the threat that lead exposure poses to healthy child development. The John T. Gorman Foundation has been working to bring attention to the lead crisis in Maine for nearly two years through a variety of strategies. One tactic has been our funding to establish the Medical-Legal Lead Paint Enforcement Project of Pine Tree Legal Assistance. The Foundation made a three-year grant of $555,000…

Matched Savings Efforts Help Mainers Work Towards a Better Future

February 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

For many Mainers, saving for a house, for an education, or even just to get through an emergency is a goal that feels out of reach. In fact, according to the latest Assets and Opportunity Scorecard released by the nonprofit CFED, nearly half of Maine households live in “liquid asset poverty.” This means they either already live below the poverty line, or would slip below it if they lost their income source for three months,…