The Shelter Program at H.O.M.E. in Orland can be accessed during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm by calling 207-469-7961 and selecting option 1. For after-hours access please call the emergency shelter number: 207-460-3234 and leave a message, someone will return your call within 24 hours. The Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth can be accessed at 207-667-3962.
H.O.M.E.’s Soup Kitchen is currently under renovation and new hours will be announced once it is reopened.
We seek to provide good nutrition in a welcoming supportive atmosphere. In addition, we harvest organic vegetables which we sell at Farmers’ Market. The gardens provide work for those who need it and fresh organic produce for our food bank and area low-income residents on the Senior Farm Share Program.
H.O.M.E.’s Daycare serves children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. Our enrollment is for twelve children per day. We offer after-school and vacation care. Children will be admitted without regard to race, culture, sex, religion, orientation, ancestry, or disability when a slot is available. The program will attempt to accommodate a child with special needs consistent with the requirements of the ADA. Developmentally appropriate practices help guide our curriculum which emphasizes on creativity, choice, growing, independence, cooperation and building friendships. Our Daycare Center hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
Monday through Thursday: 8am-noon and 1pm-3pm and Friday: 8am-noon.
Please call 469-7961 ext. 117 to make an appointment to pick up a food box.
Food boxes are provided twice a month to qualified individuals/families. Food box items are supplied through Good Shepherd Food Bank, community donations and saved produce and bread from local grocery stores. Boxes include staples such as canned veggies, beans, pasta, snacks (if available) and frozen meat. Hygiene supplies may be included upon request and if available. (i.e. feminine hygiene supplies, deodorant, toothpaste). On occasion there may be infant formula, diapers and baby wipes available.
The Wayside Chapel located on H.O.M.E.'s village campus in Orland has not offered Sunday services since the beginning of the pandemic. H.O.M.E. will announce when services are offered again.
Pottery, Stained Glass, Stitchery and the Living Arts studio all offer classes to our shelter guests and the community. If you are interested in taking a class or would like more information, call 469-7961 and speak to the Front Office. They will connect you with the artist.
Sister Barbara Hance House, located in Ellsworth is for single-room occupancy, transitional housing. SBHH prioritizes those experiencing homelessness and is run by the Emmaus Homeless Shelter. This beautiful home has nine rooms for rent in a boarding-house style setting. Housing Navigators will work with tenants on their transition from experiencing homelessness to finding permanent, stable housing.
In the beginning, Arts and Craft studios at H.O.M.E. were developed as a means for low-income families to augment their income. Community members produced items in the studios or at their homes to sell on consignment in H.O.M.E.’s Craft Store. From bird houses to potholders, there is something for everybody. H.O.M.E.’s Craft Store is open Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm except for the months of February and March when they are closed.
The Bargain Barn generates a small income for H.O.M.E. but the real payoff is the happy faces of those who find something within their budget that they really need or want. For those in the deepest need we provide clothing and the essentials for living free and graciously. The Bargain Barn is open Monday through Friday, 8 am – 3 pm. Donations to the Bargain Barn are accepted by appointment only. Please call 207-469-3102 between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm to set up a day and time to drop off your donation. We ask folks to please understand that there are times when the Bargain Barn is full and donations cannot be accepted due to lack of space.
If your family is currently housed but in danger of experiencing homelessness within 14 days, please call our Diversion Specialist at 207-469-7961 extension 103 during business hours. Our Diversion Specialist will speak to you about what issues you are facing that will result in you losing your housing. If it is determined that your issue can be resolved by our Specialist, you can be diverted from entering shelter. Please note that Diversion is used for emergency issues and not for long term problems.
Backpacks, winter clothing, basic hygiene supplies; all programs designed to assist our community members with the necessities we may deny ourselves due to income limits. All programs are low-barrier meaning there is a minimum of paperwork required in order to access these programs.