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Meeting Immediate Human Needs

Vision: Everyone in our community has their basic human needs met.

The following programs provided by partner agencies are currently funded through United Way of Mid-Maine's 2015-2017 allocations under supervision of the Community Impact Team: Meeting Immediate Human Needs. Additional funded programs are available under Promoting Independence and Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families.

The Programs:

Sliding Fee Program, Community Dental Center

The Sliding Fee Program (SFP) assists patients who are unable to pay for their oral health services by providing a subsidy for dental care procedures. Since August 2000, over 4,500 patients have received reduced-fee care thanks to the SFP. Community Dental Center is the only full-service dental clinic offering price relief to Kennebec and Somerset counties. SFP helps patients obtain needed treatments that are otherwise not covered by MaineCare and provides financial relief for lifelong preventative oral health care.

During the 2015 fiscal year Community Dental Center provided reduced-cost dental services to 232 people, at an average cost of $410 per person. UWMM’s funding covered almost 22% of that cost.

Promoting Safety, Family Violence Project

Promoting Safety for Victims of Domestic Abuse serves victims of domestic abuse in Kennebec and Somerset counties and those who care for and support survivors, referred to as concerned others. The Family Violence Project client may be a survivor or a concerned other. This program provides helpline, walk-in, support group, and court advocacy services.

United Way of Mid Maine funds approximately 4% of Family Violence Project's total advocacy program. In 2014/15, Family Violence Project served 414 people in UWMM’s service area.

 

Homeless Outreach, Kennebec Behavioral Health

Homeless Youth Outreach Case Managers find and engage homeless youth where they are: living on the streets, couch-surfing, or in areas not meant for habitation. When a connection is made, the Case Manager completes an initial gathering of information. This is known as “street outreach”: a very low barrier, easy access system where young people can connect and get basic survival needs met.

If the youth agrees to accept further services, the Case Manager assesses their needs and connects them with resources until the youth is stably housed and has been connected to appropriate, sustainable supports and services.

In 2014/15, Kennebec Behavioral Health’s Homeless Youth Outreach Program served a total of 66 youth between 14 and 21 years of age. UWMM contributed $5,000 towards this program and actively stays involved through the Youth Homelessness Initiative.

Community Investors Initiative, KVCAP

This is a new approach toward addressing poverty, launched in March 2015 through a partnership between KVCAP, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, Americorps VISTA Volunteers, and Waterville General Assistance. Community Investors are contacted to assist resolve challenges that cannot be resolved through traditional resources. Members contribute money, goods, or services in order to resolve the issues as presented.

The Community Investors initiative is just one small cog in the wheel, but it is connected to a larger community effort to make a difference. Through technology (email and Facebook), they are building a large following of people who have expressed an interest in learning more about poverty and an interest in helping their neighbors overcome challenges.

Transportation, KVCAP

The reality for a growing number of people is that, for a variety of reasons, including health, economics or other factors, they can’t, shouldn’t, or choose not to own a personal motor vehicle. For people residing in the larger service center communities where public transit services and good community development initiatives exist, people without cars continue to have access to the vital services that sustain our lives including food, healthcare, social activities, employment, and education and can do so independently. Unfortunately those public transit options are limited or nonexistent in most areas of our great state. KVCAP provides transportation services that can assist people to remain in their homes and continue to access essential service that will sustain or improve their well-being.

In 2015/1026 over 195,000 rides, covering 2.8 million miles has been provided by KVCAP in the state of Maine. UWMM’s funding accounted for nearly 700 of those rides, over 7,200 miles.

Counseling, MaineGeneral Community Care

MaineGeneral Counseling provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling to youth, adults, couples, and families. The program specializes in delivering co-occurring services that can meet all counseling needs through one provider and treatment plan so that people can receive mental health, substance abuse, and  trauma services as needed. They’re among the very few who are able to offer reduced fee services to substance abuse clients who lack insurance.

In 2015 MaineGeneral Counseling served over 450 people. UWMM supported their efforts with $2,500 in program funding.

Horizon Program, MaineGeneral Health Associates

Horizon Program was established to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS have continued access to comprehensive health care. All services are free and confidential. Enrollment is dependent of HIV/AIDS diagnosis and income guidelines.

In 2014/2015, with $2,500 in funding from UWMM, over 110 clients were served in our service area.

Warming Center, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter

MMHS provides emergency housing for single men, women and families including the Day Shelter Program. The Day Shelter provides assistance and support to approximately 55 people each day during inclement weather allowing families to stay in a stable warm environment all day. This reduces the amount of exposure to inclement weather.

Day Shelter schedules include three well-balanced healthy meals and snacks, adequate time for quality rest and adjustment of sleep patterns, access to staff support to obtain a primary care provider and education on effectiveness of receiving their flu shot, thereby reducing the occurrence of missed days due to illness.

Nearly 390 people were served in 2014/2015. United Way of Mid-Maine supports the Warming Center with a $3,000 grant.

 

Meals on Wheels, Spectrum Generations

The target population for the Meals on Wheels Program is those home-bound frail seniors, 60+ years of age, and disabled persons, 19+ years of age, for any reason, Meals on Wheels is a home delivered meal program that supports those who are unable to prepare a nutritious meal on their own. They provide two hot nutritious meals twice a week along with three frozen meals in Northern Kennebec and Somerset counties; each of which meets one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of nutrients.

Services also allow shut-ins to stay in their homes by providing four critical services to them. 1.) A nutritious meal to maintain their health. 2.) A social visit to combat isolation and depression. 3.) A safety check to be sure they are okay. 4.) An assessment of needs so we may connect them to a variety of other services that can further improve their lives.

Through $10,000 additional support provided by UWMM, Meals on Wheels has been able to provide meals to nearly 600 people a year.

Disaster Services, United Valley Red Cross

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for anyone suffering from a disaster. The Red Cross provides immediate support to individuals and families in our service area in the form of food, clothing, lodging, replacement medications and medical equipment such as eyeglasses/dentures. In addition they provide mental health support for those dealing with the emotional distress of loss, injury, or death as a result of a local disaster.

During the 2014/2015 fiscal year, the American Red Cross provided emergency disaster relief to 126 people in Northern Kennebec, Western Waldo and Somerset Counties including disaster relief to 8 children under the age of 5. UWMM supports the American Red Cross with $7,000 funding annually.

Weatherization Program, Waterville Habitat for Humanity

This program provides weatherization services including: finding and sealing air leaks, insulating box sills and heating pipes, repairing or replacing existing windows, installing custom-fit interior storm window inserts, and providing advice/education on home energy issues. This work reduces drafts, cuts air losses by 15 - 35% and can save hundreds of dollars in annual heating costs.

Homeowners in the service area whose household income meets HUD guidelines (less than 80% of median regional levels), who are willing to help with the weatherization work, and who agree to make a $50 donation may apply. In return they receive an average of approximately $1200 worth of volunteer labor and materials, hundreds of dollars in future annual heating cost savings, a more comfortable home, and advice on additional home energy projects for future consideration.

This program perpetuates the Habitat philosophy of providing "a hand up, not a hand out", by requiring clients to invest both "sweat equity" and a small monetary donation in the project.

Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity Weatherization program has been able to weatherize 5 homes in the last 12 month cycle. The average cost per person served is $650, United Way of Mid-Maine provides approximately 54% of this cost annually.