2013 Direct Services Grant Program

The 2013 Direct Services Grant Program provided approximately $1 million in support to non-profit organizations working to address the immediate needs of Maine's disadvantaged people in three areas:

  • Individuals suffering from mental illness;
  • Individuals suffering from cancer; and
  • Seniors who are struggling to successfully age in place.

The following is a list of organizations who received funds through the Program:


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American Cancer Society, Inc., Framingham $25,000 in ongoing funding to sustain two patient navigator programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General. 

Amistad, Inc., Portland $25,000 to provide a free basic breakfast to individuals at the Peer Support and Recovery Center. 

Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Presque Isle $25,000 to provide meals to low-income seniors.

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Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Bangor $20,000 in operating support toward staff and program costs with the goal of helping the Bangor area homeless population secure housing. 

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Ellsworth $15,000 in operating support to sustain the Program and Volunteer Coordinator position.

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Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc., Casco $25,000 to provide free camp retreats for Maine families who have a child with a cancer diagnosis. 

Cancer Community Center, South Portland $25,000 to provide free classes, support groups and resources to help cancer survivors transition from active treatment to life after cancer. 

Cancer Support Center of Maine, Bucksport $5,000 to provide gas cards for cancer patients traveling to and from medical appointments. 

Catholic Charities Maine, Portland $25,000 to provide support services and volunteers to isolated seniors so they can remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. 

The Center for Grieving Children, Portland $15,000 to provide peer support, home/hospital visits, education, and resources to families with children ages 3-18 and young adults 19-30 where the parent or caregiver is facing serious illness. 

Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, Augusta $25,000 to provide direct services to low income seniors and their family caregivers to help them remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. 

Community Concepts, Lewiston $15,000 for Elder Rides, offering seniors transportation to and from medical appointments. 

Community Health and Counseling Services, Bangor $24,250 to provide remote patient monitoring for individuals age 60+ living with chronic diseases such as diabetes or congestive heart failure.

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Day One, South Portland $25,000 to provide mental health counseling to youth in Greater Portland. 

Down East Hospice Volunteers, Calais $10,000 to provide hospice and bereavement services to cancer patients and those in need of end of life supportive, compassionate care.

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Easter Seals Maine, Inc., Portland $25,000 to provide Early Intervention services such as preventative physical, occupational, speech, and language therapies to disadvantaged children from birth to age 5 with disabilities, special needs, and various mental illnesses.

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Frannie Peabody Center, Portland $25,000 to provide direct services for clients living with co-occurring mental illness and HIV/AIDS. 

Friends in Action, Ellsworth $10,000 to provide free transportation and nutritious food to seniors through volunteer programs.

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Grahamtastic Connection, Springvale $15,000 to provide laptops, tablets and internet access for children in Maine who are battling cancer.

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Hammond Street Senior Center, Bangor $10,000 in general operating support. 

Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington $20,000 to develop a navigator pilot program to improve the lives of those living with cancer. 

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Saco $15,000 to support a Patient-centered, evidence based model to improve the quality of home health care to vulnerable elders at risk of hospitalization or facility placement. 

Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Skowhegan $5,000 to research and install an efficient, consistent, measurable training course for volunteers throughout the county. 

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, Waterville $15,000 to improve quality of life for isolated senior citizens in rural communities who are in need of hospice and grief services.

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Iris Network, Portland $25,000 to help seniors, who would otherwise be dependent on nursing and medical care, to learn the skills to remain independent in their homes. 

Island Connections, Bar Harbor $10,000 to provide free transportation and other services to elderly and disabled residents to help them live independently.

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Kennebec Mental Health Association, Waterville $20,000 to support general operations of Kennebec Behavioral Health to serve low-income clients with mental illness.

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Lake Region Senior Service, Inc., Bridgton $5,000 to provide transportation to low-income seniors and disabled citizens and cancer patients. 

Legal Services for the Elderly, Augusta $25,000 to provide advocacy services for seniors at risk of losing their home/housing or home care services.

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Maine Center on Deafness, Portland $25,000 to provide telecoil-equipped hearing aids to low-income Maine seniors. 

Maine Dartmouth Medicine Residency, Augusta $12,500 to pilot a multidisciplinary model that will improve the lives of older patients who suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and decrease patient isolation and caregiver burden. 

Maine Farmland Trust, Inc., Belfast $25,000 to continue a highly successful Community Farm Share program targeting low income seniors. 

Maine Medical Center, Portland $25,000 to support oncology patients with comprehensive patient educational materials and other supports to ensure a safe transition from the hospital to the home setting; and support unmet patient needs for housing, transportation and food, in particular those traveling long distances. 

Maine Sea Coast Mission, Bar Harbor $25,000 to help elders who wish to age in place in their homes and communities to do so successfully. 

MCH Inc., Rockland $25,000 to strengthen and extend “aging in place” support services for seniors and individuals with disabilities in two low-income MCH apartment buildings.

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Partners for a Hunger-Free York County, Kennebunk $15,000 to improve regular access to healthy foods for low-income senior citizens in York County, building upon successful summer Farm Fresh Foods for Seniors and Winter Shares projects. 

Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport $15,000 to expand existing programs for seniors to include fitness classes, transportation and social opportunities. 

Penobscot Community Health Center, Rockport $25,000 to increase provision of home-based primary care to seniors with chronic conditions, allowing them to age in place and maintain their health. 

Penquis C.A.P., Inc., Bangor $20,000 to provide transportation assistance (rides or financial reimbursement) for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment. 

Pine Tree Hospice, Dover-Foxcroft $14,250 to provide general operating support to continue their mission of assisting clients and families experiencing the challenges accompanying end of life and bereavement. 

Portland Community Health Center, Portland $25,000 to provide mental health counseling services to low-income, New Mainer patient populations. 

Preble Street, Portland $25,000 to provide crisis intervention, assessment, and casework services to adults who are homeless and struggling with mental illness.

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Rockland District Nursing Association, Rockland $15,000 to provide affordable, non-acute, professional in-home and community health nursing services to predominantly low to moderate income seniors. 

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SeniorsPlus, Lewiston $25,000 to provide Meals on Wheels to older adults currently on the wait list. 

Shalom House, Portland $15,000 to provide emergency funds to individuals without the financial means to meet basic needs. 

Spurwink Services Incorporated, Portland $20,000 for Spurwink's Portland Help Center, which provides outpatient mental health services for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

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Veterans Inc., Lewiston $25,000 to provide case management for veterans age 65+ to age in place and receive mental health and other services. 

Volunteers of America Northern New England, Brunswick $20,000 in operating support for the Options At Home Program to expand affordable personal care services for low to moderate income seniors in Southern, Mid-Coast, and Central Maine.

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Washington Hancock Community Agency, Ellsworth $25,000 to support seniors aging in place through Friendship Cottage Adult Day Service and the At Home Downeast Program.

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York County Community Action Corp., Sanford $24,000 to provide transportation for York County residents who are receiving treatment for cancer.