The National Coalition for the Homeless has gathered information about the extent of homelessness in America, including that, at last count, there were 610,042 homeless individuals living in the United States. In light of that devastating figure, First Universalist has partnered with other non-profit organizations to provide assistance to those who experience homelessness in our community.

Preble Street Resource Center’s Soup Kitchen

Help to feed some of Maine’s most vulnerable people who continue to rely on Preble Street for food and other resources by being part of the team from First Universalist on the first Tuesday of each month, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. If you want to participate, contact the church office to be put in touch with our Preble Street coordinator. 
 
Preble Street is changing, bringing new and different opportunities for volunteers.
  • There will no longer be breakfast, lunch, or dinner given out at the Soup Kitchen door or served in the dining room.
  • The Resource Center Soup Kitchen will transition to a permanent food production facility, creating and packing meals to be distributed to area shelters.
  • A new program — Street Outreach Collaborative — will help caseworkers connect with people living outside. This program will deliver two meals daily to people experiencing homelessness who are not staying at a shelter.
  • In addition to the three daily volunteer shifts — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — where volunteers help to create and pack meals, they will also need a contingent of volunteers to help deliver and distribute these meals.
  • Clients will still be able to access emergency food pantry supplies Tuesday through Saturday, and volunteers will continue to sort donations and create food boxes.

Information about Homelessness

To learn more about the extent of homelessness in Maine and in America, facts about people who experience homelessness, and resources for people experiencing homelessness, check out the links below: