Programs We Fund

Hope House Health & Living Center.

Funding Agency: Penobscot Community Health Center, Inc. (PCHC)

Counties Served: Penobscot, Piscataqius


Substance Use Disorder

Number of Lives Improved

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PCHC provides comprehensive, integrated primary health care services for all to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and the Maine communities we serve.  Our vision for success is a community in which everyone has access to quality, cost effective health care, where people are empowered to advocate for their personal goals and needs and are supported by community based resources, and where health encompasses physical and emotional wellness, personal dignity and a sense of belonging.

Programs We Fund

Success Stories.

Hope House Success Story #1, from a Rapid Re-Housing Peer Navigator: “I began working at PCHC Hope House at the beginning of April 2021. As a Rapid-Rehousing Navigator, I was assigned to work with a couple who had been shelter guests since January 2021. 

While this couple stayed at a COVID Hotel which was established to support social distancing of guests to mitigate the potential of a COVID-19 outbreak, they became more prepared to address barriers to permanent housing. Due in large part to the increased stability of reliable homeless services provided by Hope House, these individuals were able to establish case management, primary medical care, and Medication-Assisted Treatment coupled with individual and group recovery support to sustain their path of recovery from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

With navigator support this couple diligently worked to access housing vouchers as well as income support including General Assistance and Social Security benefits. After nearly a year as our shelter guests and considerable collaboration between the couple, Hope House, and their outside services providers, safe stable housing was secured for this household with a Shelter Plus Care housing voucher. One partner has secured steady employment and been promoted to a Shift Lead; the other partner has secured Social Security Disability income. This family’s recovery from Opioid Use Disorder continues as does their path from surviving to THRIVING.”

Hope House Success Story 2, from a Peer Navigator: “I have been working with a shelter guest since April of 2021. This guest has a history of chronic homelessness throughout his life. When I first met him, he was struggling to maintain his recovery from OUD and several mental health diagnoses. He navigated these barriers without the support of a primary health care provider. As a Hope House shelter guest, he was able to obtain important documentation including a state ID card, a copy of his birth certificate, and his Social Security card, which led to his ability to obtain a housing voucher and eventually acquiring a transitional housing lease.

As he works steadily to continue his recovery from OUD, he has accessed Medication Assisted Treatment for six months and consistently attends OUD groups. A primary health care provider has been established along with a mental health provider.

This individual continues working to move beyond the barriers of OUD and his experiences with chronic homelessness. His diligence has been instrumental in his success. After an extended estrangement, he has reestablished a healthy relationship with his son, now a driving force in his recovery.”