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Back to School Backpacks

Last year the Emmaus Shelter furnished nearly 50 backpacks to children in grades Kindergarten through 12; this year we are projected to do even more but we need your help! We are in need of backpacks, pencils & pens, pencil sharpeners, rulers, highlighters, notebooks/filler paper, 3-ring binders, dividers & folders, scissors, colored pencils, glue, and pencil boxes.

Donations can be dropped off at the Emmaus Shelter between the hours of 8 and 4, Monday through Friday.


On behalf of the Emmaus Homeless Shelter and the many recipients of its programs, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone in the community for their continued support.  As many of you know, the shelter experienced a major change during the month of July with the departure of our much loved Sister Lucille MacDonald, a woman who not only witnessed but affected many changes during her 34 years of service to Maine’s needy. 

Unfortunately, as mighty as Sister was, she could not do it all and there are still many changes and differences to be made in order to help those who are going without in our community.

With your continued support and generosity, the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, will carry on the mission of that started by Sister Lucille - to provide not only a safe and comfortable environment for homeless men, women, and families in need of temporary shelter but to also help those in need by offering a wide range services and referrals; to help those in need make the changes necessary to better their situation, whatever it may be. 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ― Margaret Mead

Again, I thank you. 
Gratefully, 
Nichole E. Gulowsen