Families are the cornerstones of communities. Within healthy families, children learn how to be productive members of our society, helping to ensure a positive future for our state. We know that kids do well when their families do well, and families do better when they live in supportive neighborhoods and communities.
But many Maine parents don’t have the kind of jobs that help them provide for themselves, their children or their aging parents, because they lack the training or education needed to secure such jobs or the resources needed to keep them.
The John T. Gorman Foundation believes that helping parents provide and care for their families is crucial to our state’s success.
Where we are and where we need to be
All parents believe that their sacrifices will achieve a better life for their families. But even with hard work, far too many parents still encounter serious obstacles that keep them from attaining meaningful work and saving for the future.
Over the past five years, Maine has seen a persistently high percentage of children living in low-income, working families. Among the six New England states, Maine has the largest percentage of children in low-income, working families – 45 percent.
Through our work with partners, we hope to see more low-income parents in Maine:
How we do our work
The Foundation partners with communities, advocates and leaders in the nonprofit, public and private sectors to:
We also work to promote strategies that bundle together a number of supports that families need so that parents are in a better position to raise strong, healthy and thriving children and overcome personal or financial setbacks.
Portland Adult Education, Portland $172,985 to make programmatic and instructional improvements to their adult English speakers of other languages (ESOL) programs that reflect best practices and will increase proficiency for adult English language learners.
National Green and Healthy Homes Initiative $256,000 to provide a full time staff position and technical assistance to the Lewiston/Auburn Green Healthy Homes Initiative, which is a broad-based coalition charged with reducing rates of asthma, lead poisoning and other health hazards that stem from unsafe housing.
New Ventures, Augusta $750,000 to expand the work of CA$H Coalitions statewide as they help families become more financially stable through developing and building assets.