Dearest MPTC Champion,
My name is Donna Dwyer and I am the CEO of My Place Teen Center, a nonprofit, in Maine.
As of mid-March, normal operations at MPTC drastically changed. We knew we had to continue to support our teens and their families, so within 48-hours, we pivoted from our mission, to what we imagined would happen, and did happen, to meet the surging and urgent demand for food and home care – Plan B. Six staff members were/are now preparing and delivering over 1,200 homemade, restaurant-quality dinners and 200 snack/hygiene/household staples kits per week. We have become a daily, mobile food pantry for 230 – 250 persons per day. We are serving anyone – kids, people who are elderly, people without transportation, people with disabilities, people who are immuno-compromised, those who are experiencing a significant loss of income, etc. – without qualification – via our mobile food pantry and curbside pick-up – any age, from anywhere. We also handed out $7,225 in gift cards from Hannaford/Walmart/Target.
Why fresh dinners? Why serve anyone, any age? Why delivery? Why curb-side? Our pandemic philosophy is to support basic needs and to provide comfort, ease, dignity and respect. By not placing any limitations, by allowing for anonymity with curbside pickups, by delivering – to ease lack of transportation issues AND to allow us to provide wellness checks, by offering full, delicious, attractive dinners prepared by a professional Chef with a focus on quality proteins and lots of veggies and fruit – all of this effort is to offer made-from-scratch meals with warmth and care. There’s so much volatility and scarcity inherent in our community/State right now that we wanted to be a no-barrier, compassionate, dependable, basic needs’ resource via good food and in-person interactions for anyone, any age. In addition, we are keeping a vigilant watch for potentially dangerous situations as described below.
- Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Will Rise During Quarantines. So Will Neglect of At-Risk People.
- Mental Health Crisis Looms
- Hunger in Maine Expected to Soar 40%
Finally, we continue to think about the kids’ future. And the vitality and health of My Place Teen Center. So securing general operating funds to not only meet emergency needs now as well as to ensure the Red Doors reopen once it is safe, is tantamount. Thus, please consider an unrestricted gift – your support has far-reaching impact.
As the Portland Press Herald put it, “Teen Center steps up, but needs help.” Read more.
No matter what happens, we WILL find a way. There’s always a way.
Please take good care,
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Thank you for your generous support!