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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…

Spring 2019 Newsletter

April 24, 2019 – Newsletters

[Read the full newsletter here] I don’t remember the last time I had listened to the radio so intently. Through the speakers in my car last week came the voice of Mikayla, a young woman living in the youth shelter at New Beginnings in Lewiston. Since her father passed away, she has dealt with challenges well beyond her 18 years. She has tried unsuccessfully to find a home among family members, dropped out of community…

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…

In the News: Lewiston Workforce Initiative

March 26, 2019 – Grantees in the News

After floating from couch to couch and job to job, Trent is now in stable housing doing work he feels good about. Watch this WMTW report to learn how the Lewiston Workforce Initiative helped get him there. The John T. Gorman Foundation is proud to participate in this joint initiative to position low-income Mainers to succeed in good-paying construction jobs and other industries. Our partners include the City of Lewiston, Community Concepts, Lewiston Career Center,…

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…

A Digital Literacy Program That Could Transform Rural Maine

January 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Few will argue with the notion that digital literacy is a key to future employment success. This is especially true in rural Maine. Years of research, including a 2016 Pew Research report, found that jobs that require higher levels of analytical skills, such as critical thinking and computer skills have grown by 77%, while jobs requiring physical or mechanical skills rose only 18%. Digital literacy can be a conduit to progress: unlocking new employment and…

Families Forward is Transforming the Lives of Bangor’s Families

January 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Strengthening families is a core focus of our work at the John T. Gorman Foundation. Research shows us, and we know from experience, that kids do best when their families do well - and vice versa. This is why we’ve put a strong emphasis in helping groups across Maine advance two-generation strategies – i.e., strategies that address the needs of children and parents in the same family simultaneously. We believe that two-gen strategies can be…