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Preble Street, founded in 1975, provides accessible, barrier-free services to empower people experiencing homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty. Located in Portland, Maine, it is Northern New England’s largest urban area service hub. It serves the community’s most vulnerable members 24 hours a day/365 days a year through a variety of critical programs.
Each day, 400 adults and families use its Resource Center. Staff and volunteers meet urgent needs through a soup kitchen, food pantry, and a clothing closet, as well as provide casework services to meet needs for affordable housing, employment, healthcare, education, etc.
Through collaborative relationships with the City of Portland and other providers, Preble Street helps those in need access resources offered in the community.
Preble Street’s soup kitchens serve over 320,000 nutritious meals a year. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided at the Resource Center, Teen Center, and Florence House. The food pantry distributes over 190,000 emergency meals to households without access to adequate nutrition.
Committed to safe, affordable housing, Florence House provides 25 permanent apartments with support services for formerly homeless women. Logan Place has 30 permanent units with support services for formerly homeless adults. Veterans Housing Services prevents and responds to homelessness to ensure stability for veterans in southern Maine. Additionally, Florence House provides 25 Safe Haven units offering semi-private long-term shelter, and an emergency shelter offering basic needs and housing assistance.
Preble Street’s Teen Center (drop-in) and the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter (overnight shelter) serve 400 homeless youth, ages 12-20, around the clock to help them move toward a healthy future. Staff and volunteer help meet basic needs—meals, clothing, showers, etc.—and work with on-site partners to offer healthcare, educational/vocational, mental health, substance abuse, and housing services.
In addition to its direct services, Preble Street’s advocacy efforts work towards solutions to the social, economic and political systems that do not respond adequately to community needs.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made grants totaling $82,500 to Preble Street since 2003. Two grants for $22,500 were made to the capital campaign and $60,000 has been provided in general operating support.