For April vacation (2017) we sent a service team of 9 youth and 4 adult chaperones, led by Rev. Brendan Curran, to H.O.M.E. in Orland, Maine. They worked on a number of projects.

Day 1 – The group traveled from BCCUCC to Orland. A long day of travel eased by seeing old friends (Rev. Jeff and Kathleen Larsen) on the way. (see the picture above for the parking lot reunion.) The group then settled in and gathered for a game. A video is available for download. (Technical difficulties are preventing us from embedding it here. Sorry!)

Day 2 – Today the group repaired a fence, dug a trench for the building of a new handicapped ramp, worked on building a sign for the day care center onsite, and filled a bunch of pot holes. Not bad for a day’s work!

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Day 3 – After a morning of wood chopping and trench digging we bought dry wall for home’s house project!!! Work starts on the house this afternoon. Everyone sang around the fire last night. Spirits are up and everyone’s working cheerfully!

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Day 4 – Today we decided to hike in Arcadia due to weather.  Rain is expected for the rest of the week.  As you can see it wasn’t sunny,  but a great day was had by all.  It started with coffee in Bar Harbor and ended with ice cream after dinner in Bar Harbor.

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Day 5 – Forty sheets of drywall hung!! Not bad for a bunch of beginners!

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…And, our last meal in Maine.

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About H.O.M.E.

H.O.M.E. (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1970 dedicated to keeping and enhancing the quality of life for low-income and homeless families. Through services, stewardship of resources, and shared responsibility, we aim to bring forth new possibilities for food, jobs, shelter, low-income housing, education, and self-sufficiency. In addition to building skills used in the job setting, H.O.M.E. also enjoys the responsibility of educating people on issues vital to sustaining an equitable society.

H.O.M.E. is also proud to be part of the Emmaus movement. Emmaus is an international solidarity movement dedicated to tackling the causes of exclusion since 1971. We joined Emmaus in 1985 and are one of over 350 groups in 36 countries around the world. You can visit the Emmaus International homepage if you want to know more or you can find out more about other groups around the world at Planet Emmaus.

If you would like to learn more about H.O.M.E., please visit their website: www.homemmausa.org