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Thanks from New Hope For Women

Posted May 22, 2020

New Hope for Women, Midcoast Maine’s only domestic violence resource center since 1981, recently held a Matching Challenge Campaign with a coalition of area banks. Damariscotta Bank & Trust, First National Bank, Midcoast Federal Credit Union and TD Bank stepped forward with a total donation of $2,750 to be matched by community members in support of sheltering victims of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Funds will also be used to cover increased technology use and personal protective equipment for agency staff. We are thrilled to say that area residents demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the safety of our local communities by exceeding the amount to be matched. New Hope for Women is very grateful.

Throughout the current pandemic, New Hope for Women is responding in a flexible and dynamic manner. We continue to provide a 24/7 helpline and have added a chat service that is available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We have also partnered with area lodging accommodations to provide longer-term sheltering for those in need, and continue to deliver presentations that provide information regarding the advocacy, prevention and education services we provide.

The staff at New Hope for Women thanks members of the communities in our four-county catchment area, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo Counties, particularly during this unusual time when mandated social distancing can increase isolation and when more stress may add to the frequency and intensity of violent episodes. It takes a community effort to address gender-based violence concerns and we are thankful to everyone for the support!