H.O.M.E., Inc. (Home Workers Organized for More Employment ) is now part of Emmaus International. H.O.M.E. offers jobs, food, education, temporary shelter and home ownership in the community. H.O.M.E., established in 1970 as a craft cooperative, is a multifaceted organization involved in economic reconstruction and social rehabilitation. "Serve First Those who Suffer Most"
Project/Focus: Volunteers help with home construction and carpentry, home repair, community outreach, cooking in soup kitchen, and painting. Work is also needed in a recovery barn, and other manual labor, as well as assistance in a Summer Day Camp Program. Groups may work either on-site or at a housing project in off ground construction sites.
Educational/Advocacy Components: H.O.M.E. is engaged in social and economic reconstruction by running several homeless shelters with one on the grounds themselves. Groups work intimately with H.O.M.E. employees and residents in a reciprocal partnership with a commitment towards social change. Work supervisor meets with group and group leaders to provide scheduling and instruction daily.
Time: Year round.
Group Size: Up to 50, including adult sponsors.
Minimum Age: High school age and older.
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5
Accommodations: Lodging is provided in the Volunteer Center which is equipped with full kitchen and showers. Bring bedding, paper products, food, clothing appropriate for manual labor, work gloves, appropriate footwear, and tools for your own use. We do expect you to honor our dress code. Adult supervision is necessary at all times. Groups may prepare their own meals in the Volunteer Center, however, we serve a hot lunch daily in the soup kitchen for a small donation. There are several stores nearby, also a grocery store and pharmacy 3 miles away.
Cost: Groups assigned to work on a major project such as home building may be requested to contribute towards purchasing materials. There is no cost for board. Donations to help further the mission's work are appreciated.
Contact: Laura Duplissis, Communications and Volunteer Manager
659 Warren Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Web site: www.habitatportlandme.org
Habitat for Humanity builds decent, affordable housing for families whose income is above public housing guidelines and unable to qualify for conventional mortgages. Qualified families are given a "hand up, not a hand out."
Project/Focus: All aspects of home construction skilled and unskilled.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Group leaders responsible for own programming. Habitat for Humanity Youth Advocacy Toolkit related to poverty and affordable housing available at http://www.habitat.org/sites/default/files/youth-united-advocacy-tool-kit.pdf
Time: Accept volunteers throughout the year.
Group Size: Groups of 10–15
Minimum Age: 16 is the minimum age
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5
Accommodations: Groups must provide their own housing accommodations.
Cost: Donations $100 per person for a 5-day week.