BANGOR – The city wasn’t hit hard with the ice storm meteorologists were predicting — but there could be another storm and more cold weather on the way. Some places that help those struggling in winter are looking for donations.
A Bangor Area Homeless Shelter official said all available beds are taken and their warming center’s numbers have grown since it opened a year ago.
“Any given night, we have about 80-90 people staying here,” Executive Director Boyd Kronholm said.
The shelter provides a weekly community meal. It has has a food cupboard people can shop in twice a week the the pantry needs some help, he said.
“We’re low on canned protein, like tuna fish and canned chicken, and that type of stuff. We’re low on pasta sauce, canned vegetables, especially canned carrots,” Kronholm said.
Kronholm said the shelter doesn’t need clothing or blankets right now but others in the city are looking for those items — including the Union Street Brick Church.
Located just around the corner from the homeless shelter, the Brick Church has a free store called the Storehouse that is open to the community.
“Boots, blankets, men’s clothes … Toiletries — hand warmers” are among the items that Storehouse General Manager Laura Cole said the store needs.
“If you have a need, this is where you can come. And we will do whatever we can to fulfill that need,” said Cole.
The church recently opened a warming center and offer a variety of other services, Cole said.
“We have recovery classes. We have a meal that’s served six nights a week. We do breakfast seven corning a week,” she said.
On the other side of the city, at MaineSpace, Ann Sweeney works to help the homeless. She founded Hope for Homeless three years ago.
The organization works with the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, the Hope House, Shaw House and case workers who help the people in tent city.
“This time of year, it’s food items for their pantry and food items for the tent city folks,” Sweeney said.
She said she does this because becoming homeless can happen to anyone.
“Our homeless people are people. They’re human beings. They deserve dignity,” Sweeney said.
To donate to Hope for Homeless, items can be dropped off at MaineSpace at 410 Stillwater Ave.
The Brick Church, located at 126 Union St., also needs financial donations to run. To drop off items or donate visit their location.
Items for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter can be brought to their location at 263 Main St.