BANGOR — Home is a place that has become a safe haven during these uncertain times. But home is not always safe for everyone. The nonprofit Partners for Peace is taking the step to continue their work in the movement to end domestic violence.
“At Partners for Peace, it is our hope that at some point in time in the near future people will live in a world where they experience relationships that are healthy, just,” said Facilitative Director Amanda Cost.
A small group of committee members and staff created a five-year strategic plan with five goals.
According to Cost, the five priority areas include housing, promotion, investment, social change and accessibility.
“All of those areas are about how we focus our time and energy in order to better support people who are experiencing abuse and violence in our communities,” she said.
Cost added that the five themes come from community feedback and what people say they need most.
“We’re really looking to be the name that everybody knows when we’re talking about the issue of domestic violence in Penobscot or Piscataquis counties,” Cost said.
She said COVID-19 has been a challenge but it’s created new ways to help survivors.
The organization has gone back to its grassroots of supporting people through its 24-hour service helpline. It also added virtual services.
These, among new ideas, will help Partners for Peace evolve to the needs of survivors.
“People who may have never thought to reach out to us will reach out to us. We’ll be serving more people,” Cost said. “We’ll be providing more innovative services.”