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People’s United Community Foundation Grant Helps Good Samaritan Agency’s Teen Parent Education

The Good Samaritan Agency is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation to support their Teen Parent Education program (TPE).  “A good education is critical in our ever-changing world,” said Bill Lucy, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and President of People’s United Bank in Northern Maine. “Good Samaritan Agency provides necessary services to help these women succeed.”

Good Samaritan Agency helps meet the needs of single parents and their children. Services include childbirth education, counseling, parenting, assisting with obtaining shelter, and life skills training, with the overall goal of empowering parents to become independent and self-sufficient. 

The program is an individualized, alternative education program in which pregnant and parenting teenagers can earn their high school diploma.  Students take traditional high school courses, as well as classes that emphasize parenting skills and other practical life skills that help them to become more self-sufficient.  Students come to the program from throughout the Bangor area.  Curriculum oversight is provided by the Bangor Adult Education Program.  The program depends on tuition from sending schools and the Bangor School Departments, as well as funding through United Way grants.

The agency also operates a childcare center, which is licensed by the State to serve up to 49 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years.  Priority for childcare is given to students in the Teen Parent Program, then to former students and low income families, but daycare is also available for the general public.  Other services to children and their families include adoption, counseling, and advocacy to secure needed housing, transportation and medical resources.  The agency will provide home based services when necessary and all services to single parents are free of charge.

Good Samaritan Agency was founded in 1902 by volunteers in the Bangor area to serve single pregnant women in need.  Today, the mission of the agency remains much the same as it was 112 years ago, “to help individuals with have special needs concerning pregnancy and parenting to gain the services and support they need to improve the quality of their lives.”