Some of the best examples of John T. Gorman Foundation partnerships are two-generation programs that serve children and their caregivers at the same time, like the ones below. We are funding these investments not only to help our partners have a direct impact on the families served, but also to test their approaches so the most effective strategies may be taken to scale through statewide practice and policy change.
Moving Families Forward
Bangor Housing’s Moving Families Forward program helps parents along career, education, and asset-building pathways; gives families access to a range of services to improve their overall well-being; and offers quality afterschool and summer programming through a connected Boys & Girls Club. In doing so, it offers a range of insights to inform practitioner and policymaker efforts to help children and families.
Moving Families Forward takes place in Bangor, Maine, the third largest city in the state.
Families Already Served
To date, 105 families have participated in the program, achieving gains in employment, income, education, and parenting skills.
Bangor Housing has a 40-year history serving the community. Partners include the Boys & Girls Club, New Ventures Maine, and Goodwill Northern New England, among others.
Moving Families Forward is a model for other Foundation initiatives and pilot site for promising programs.
Mercy Hospital’s McAuley Residence uses a two-generation model to serve women in substance use recovery and their children, with multiple supports for family reunification, such as housing, counseling, and parent coaching. In partnership with the John T. Gorman Foundation, these offerings have expanded to include family-centered education and career development pathways.
Supporting Families Growing Together
This innovative MaineHealth program seeks to prevent and mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences for pediatric patients ages 0 to 3, by offering a set of resilience-building supports for their entire families. Foundation funding has allowed the program to embed Early Childhood Support Specialists who have now worked with hundreds of families at pediatric clinics in Portland and Rockland.
Featured Initiative Articles
For the last three years, a Foundation-supported initiative at MaineHealth has used an innovative approach to strengthen the pediatric experience for families facing adversity. The Supporting Families Growing Together program promotes the healthy development of children by building the resiliency of the families around them. With continued funding from the John T. Gorman Foundation, it is now taking what it has learned over that time to expand and strengthen the program.
Last June, Dorca, a woman from Angola seeking asylum, was living on the streets of Portland, pregnant and facing an uncertain future. Today, she and others with similar circumstances are safely housed at former convent Frances Warde, and thriving – thanks to a range of supports provided through a new Foundation-supported partnership between Northern Light Mercy Hospital and In Her Presence.