BANGOR- Dignity First hosted an event earlier today to clean up Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery.
Homelessness has been an issue affecting the city of Bangor for years, and members from the nonprofit, Dignity First, came together to help tackle that problem.
“People need a house whether or not they’re sober, whether or not they’re clean from drugs, they need a home no matter what. Dignity First is that organization that is going to try and fill in the gaps, that other organizations aren’t able to fill in,” Dignity First member, Peg Olsen, said.
On Saturday, the nonprofit hosted the Pitch In With People event to clean up the abandoned homeless encampments on Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery’s property.
There were even Bangor area pastors and Husson University students who got to work to clean up one of Bangor’s popular campsites.
“I didn’t expect to see everything that I did,” said Husson University Graduate Student Kassidy Harris. “Never really thought about what is was like living outdoors so it’s really great to get that perspective.”
She said going out and seeing the campsites in person was an eye-opening experience.
“It’s really humbling to be able to always have a home and always know I had security and safety where I’ve lived. It’s definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Harris said.