CHERRYFIELD – The Maine Seacoast Mission is an organization that provides everything from healthcare to scholarships for people living along Maine’s rugged coastline.
On Thursday they celebrated the opening of the completed Weald Bethel community center.
The building once served as a multi-purpose room with a chapel, community space meetings and much more, and now with help from the Maine Seacoast Mission, this facility is now upgraded.
Service program director of the Seacoast Mission Facility Wendy Harrington said, “And now we invite the community to help us dream about what can be and what this will turn into in the future.”
This facility houses volunteers who work out in the community rehabbing homes, and this summer they expect to host 300 people.
“And they have a tremendous impact on the community and the families that they meet,” said Harrington, “We’re hosting our first housing rehab group and next week we see 96 people coming from Ohio to help others in the community.”
She said they plan on rehabbing fifteen homes and when they are done people will be safe warm and dry.
In addition to housing the housing rehab volunteers, she said this place is going to be used by the community.
“It’s a space that offers itself to build community we have the Downeast table of plenty which is a weekly meal that we host here,” said Harrington.
They have a new kitchen that could be used for cooking classes, meeting spaces to talk about new ideas and a gallery space.
“We believe in building healthy communities and this is part of our mission to build a healthy community is to offer this up and build spaces where people can come and gather,” said Harrington.