Help Us Provide Shelter From the Storm

Dear Friends:

Sweetser has always been home to the state’s most vulnerable populations. Today, the Sweetser family includes residents such as:

  • Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma in their life with a need to connect with resources that will lead to a successful transition to their home communities.
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in a community setting in Bangor.
  • Adults with major mental illness living in community-based housing in Topsham designed to build skills for a successful transition to independent and/or a less supportive living environment.
  • Children and Adults experiencing a mental health crisis using our Crisis Stabilization Units for short-term therapeutic placements.

These clients of all ages have made Sweetser their home during these most challenging of times. But Sweetser is also providing shelter from the storm of recent weeks for many more clients in the community who are seeking help, now more than ever. We’re connecting with many virtually by video or phone. This includes our mobile crisis providers that serve more than half of the counties in the state through the Maine Crisis Line (1-888-568-1112). And the Intentional Warm Line (1-866-771-9276) is staffed by Sweetser with peers who have experienced mental health recovery and are supporting others in need.

Our volunteers have adapted to a virtual challenge including the OOB 365 organization that has made masks for our Saco campus in addition to donating Subway sandwiches to our children in residential services as a special treat. Sewing Masks for Maine has donated masks at several of our locations as well. If you would like to volunteer in some way during this time, please contact volunteer@sweetser.org.

Our caring and compassionate staff, volunteers and donors help create promising futures for children, families and adults.

How you can help!

In recognition of these extraordinarily difficult times, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is providing financial incentives to donors that make now an even better time to help support the mental health needs of our community and the work Sweetser is doing on the frontlines through crisis services, residential treatment for children and adults, and supporting children and families at home.

Please DONATE ONLINE now to support our programs or contact Sweetser’s Development Director Todd Henry at thenry@sweetser.org or call 207-294-4484. We appreciate your support during these extraordinary times.