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Preble Street’s First Place Helps Vulnerable Teens Find Stability

November 29, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Young people experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable members of our community, as they often have neither the skills they need to care for themselves nor the support network they need to overcome tough circumstances. Preble Street, an organization that provides barrier-free services to empower people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty, plays a crucial role for homeless youth in the Portland area. The organization’s best practices-driven approach helps young clients achieve stability through permanent…

Axiom Education & Training Center Strengthens Washington County's Workforce

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3411" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A graduate of Axiom Education & Training Center's certificate program with his family.[/caption] In rural Washington County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Maine, economic development initiatives have real power to change lives. Susan Corbett, CEO of Machias-based IT firm Axiom Technologies, believes this strongly—so strongly, in fact, that a few years ago she launched Axiom Education & Training Center, a not-for-profit dedicated solely to helping residents…

Grantee Profile: Starting Strong

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

  [caption id="attachment_3408" align="alignleft" width="400"] Portland Public Schools students in a Starting Strong program.[/caption] Since 2013, the John T. Gorman Foundation has invested in Starting Strong, an initiative that brings together more than 30 partners from the Portland area to focus on the common goal of ensuring that all children in the district can read proficiently by the end of third grade. The Foundation is a committed partner in the effort. In fact, Starting Strong's…

The Opportunity Alliance Places Results at the Center of Its Approach

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

As the Community Action Agency serving Maine’s most populous region, The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) seeks to help Cumberland County residents live better lives by offering over 40 programs that provide mental health, early education, housing and other services. Running such a large-scale operation is complex. After a 2011 merger expanded TOA’s reach, its leadership recognized the opportunity to improve client outcomes by better coordinating programs and services – both internally and with other organizations. With…

The John T. Gorman Fellowship Program Helps Maine’s Nonprofit Leaders Succeed

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

At the John T. Gorman Foundation, we’re proud to support many organizations that are improving the lives of Mainers throughout the state. But we know that these organizations’ greatest resource is the dedicated staff who serve as their leadership. In 2014, we made the strategic decision to help bolster this resource by establishing the inaugural John T. Gorman Foundation Fellowship, an opportunity for the rising generation of nonprofit and public sector leaders in Maine to…

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-…