Our Bangor Area Homeless Shelter’s program is an Emergency Homeless Shelter for men and women over the age of 18. Our facility is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We operate a weekly food pantry as well as a daily soup kitchen and day program.
Cheryl first came to Bangor Area Homeless Shelter in June 2016. She had never stayed in a shelter before. She was fleeing from roommates who had become increasingly abusive to her and her autistic son. Cheryl’s son was able to stay with her ex-husband while she was at the shelter. She would take the bus up to Old Town anytime her son had appointments for needed services, which at times meant getting up at 5:00 am to get there in time.
Shelter staff discovered that Cheryl was a veteran and connected her to Veteran Housing Service through Preble Street where they were able to help her obtain her DD214. From there she was able to access additional services for her medical issues and her overall health.
Without the burden and stress of an abusive living situation to face every day, Cheryl started to become the happy and stress-free person she used to be. She still had several hurdles to overcome to secure permanent housing, but she persevered. The day she came into the shelter with the keys to her new place she was giddy with happiness and beaming from ear to ear. Cheryl remains stably housed and the Shelter Program was able to send her off with some items that she needed for her place; cleaning products, kitchen items, and even some furniture. She is thrilled to be reunited in a safe place with her son and even happier to have been able to stay in the school district he had been in.
Cheryl is a success story because of how hard she worked for herself. Staff was here to guide and encourage her, but it was Cheryl that wanted to get back on the right track. Before leaving the shelter, Cheryl said, “Staff at BAHS will help to get you to the right starting point, but you have to want to do the work to get to the finish line.”