If you didn’t know, Here’s a bit about us.

H.O.M.E., Inc. was founded in 1970 by Sr. Lucy Poulin (pictured with a group of young volunteers) and other community members. In the beginning, handcraft studios were created as a means for low-income families in rural Hancock County to earn extra income through hard Maine winters. Community members produced items from their homes to sell at the Craft Store which is located on H.O.M.E.’s 23-acre site in Orland and that program continues on today. Now, more than 50 years later, needs of local citizens have led to programs of service tailored to respond in positive and effective outcomes, i.e. shelters for those experiencing homelessness, affordable daycare, organic gardens, a food pantry and soup kitchen, plus programs to support a house construction and repair effort that built 53 homes for low-income families.

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Program Numbers 2023

Shelter and Housing

  • 15,963 bed nights provided – 222 guests were sheltered
  • Dorr House Women’s Shelter – 30 guests – Average stay length: 65 days
  • Sister Marie House – 64 guests – Average stay length: 56 days
  • St. Francis Inn – 43 guests – Average stay length: 68 days
  • Emmaus Homeless Shelter – 85 guests – Average stay length: 82 days
  • 18 households provided hotel rooms
  • 20 households housed in H.O.M.E.’s rental units.
  • 83 individuals diverted from homelessness.

Food and Resources

  • 63 children provided with backpacks and school supplies
  • 390 individuals received Christmas gifts
  • 30 unduplicated daycare enrollments – 1 subsidies provided
  • Food boxes distributed to 1971 individuals across 762 families
  • 316 Holiday food boxes distributed
  • 304,918 pounds of food rescued and distributed
  • 1,042 individuals received assistance with linens, hygiene supplies, and household supplies
  • 22.5 cord of firewood distributed

Become a Volunteer

H.O.M.E. provides volunteer opportunities in many departments. From sorting donations to stacking firewood there is something for every skill level here at H.O.M.E., Inc.