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Downeast Community Partners Holds First Annual Meeting,  Names Partner of the Year

Maine Seacoast Mission staff presented with DCP Partner of the Year award
From left to right: Megan Burgess, MSM, Scott Planting, MSM, Wendy Harrington, MSM, Betsy Fitzgerald, Board President, DCP, Maurice Tenney, MSM, Scott Shaw, MSM

Tue, Dec 4th, 2018

by DCP Staff

Downeast Community Partners Holds First Annual Meeting,  Names Partner of the Year

 

Cherryfield, ME.  On December 4 at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center, Downeast Community Partners (DCP) held its first annual board meeting.  The meeting was open to the public, and was well attended.

 

Prior to the regular business meeting, there was a presentation by DCP staff Bobbi Ann Harris and Craig Smith, and Maine Seacoast Mission staff Wendy Harrington and Scott Shaw on the Home Repair and Weatherization 2018 program.  This program is a partnership between the Maine Seacoast Mission and DCP which brings together federal and state funded programs with a grant from the C. F. Adams Charitable Trust and volunteer labor to repair and weatherize homes in Washington County and the Schoodic Peninsula area of Hancock County.  This program is a wonderful way to blend the work of Maine Seacoast Mission with that of DCP for maximum positive impact on the homeowners and their families.  Because weatherization dollars are federally-sourced, there are limits in how they can be spent.  When the Weatherization work is complete, a house has to meet certain federal standards.  However, the available dollars are often not enough to get some homes to those standards.  In the past, DCP staff regretfully would have to walk away from such projects.  With this partnership and the foundation funding, the Maine Seacoast Mission is able to go in with volunteers and materials paid for by the CF Adams Charitable Trust funds and complete enough of the repairs that DCP can them come in behind and weatherize the home, possibly replace the heating system, and work on the roof, among other things.  By the time both groups are finished, the house meets the federal guidelines, but more importantly, the house is weather-tight, and a family is able to be warm, safe, and dry.  As a result of this program, there are 26 such houses that are now in much better repair in Washington County and the Schoodic Peninsula.

Following this presentation, it was no surprise that the Board of Downeast Community Partners named the Maine Seacoast Mission as its first partner of the year.  The two organizations have long collaborated to take care of people in Downeast Maine, and the Home Repair and Weatherization 2018 Program is the result of this collaboration.  “The staff at Maine Seacoast Mission have been great to work with.  There is no question in my mind that this is one of those times when a partnership goes beyond just a good working relationship to a place where people are totally invested resulting in quality repairs and more homes getting done.” said Mark Green, DCP Executive Director.

The celebratory portion of the meeting finished with an update on two significant construction projects that DCP is working on.  The first is the renovation of DCP’s former office building in Milbridge, which will add two apartments designed to house homeless veterans as well as provide office and gathering space for Mano en Mano;  and a solar array in Franklin which will generate most of the electricity used by DCP offices and early education centers.  Both of these projects are near completion and should be online early in the new year.

For more information about Downeast Community Partners and the opportunities provided, call Mark Green at 610-5904 or email him at mark.green@downeastcommunitypartners.org.