The 2015 holiday season brought a tremendous amount of generosity from area businesses and families who participated in New Hope for Women’s “Adopt a Family” holiday giving program, and from others who donated additional gifts for NHFW clients. Numerous families enjoyed their holiday in a way they normally wouldn’t, without the kind and supportive help from so many wonderful members of our community.

With much gratitude to the following “Adopt a Family” participants:

The Alna General Store, Bank of America, The Berry Manor Inn, Coastal Orthopedics, The Dumais Family, The First Bank in Rockland, Full Circle Family Medicine, The Gagne Family, Kendall and Phyllis Merriam, Moody’s Diner, Pen Bay Healthcare Human Resources Department, RHEAL Day Spa, Rockland Emblem Club, The Time Out Pub, The Toner Family, Winterport Women’s Club, and three individuals who wished to remain anonymous.

Thanks to Bath and Body Works in Brunswick, for giving NHFW 20 percent off our purchase of lotions for client holiday gift bags funded by an anonymous donor; to Georges Valley Quilters for their donation of 12 incredible handmade quilts to be given to NHFW clients in need; to Julie Walker for organizing a jewelry gift drive and donating 10 surprise gift bags, each containing a piece of pearl jewelry, to be distributed to our clients; and to the staff at Martin’s Point Health Care in Brunswick, for the great donation of bathrobes which were given to clients in our Transitional Housing program as well as those using our Safe Home services.

We’d like to thank three separate donors of personal care items, including the 619 Main Street Damariscotta branch of Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Sue Fitzgerald of Bath and friends, and Rhonda Nordstrom of RHEAL Day Spa and her friend Sharon Hobson, who collected hundreds of items through “The Purse Project” they organized to benefit homeless women and domestic violence victims.

Lastly, we’d like to thank Verizon Wireless for a $1,000 HopeLine grant. HopeLine collects and recycles wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition with proceeds used to provide wireless phones and financial donations to local domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations. The HopeLine funds were converted into multiple gift cards and distributed to NHFW clients, empowering them to purchase a gift or much needed personal items for their children.

If you, or a business that you work for, are interested in “adopting” a family next year, please get in touch with our agency and ask to speak with Hannah.

Hannah Harter-Ives,
Transitional ServicesAdvocate
and Holiday Giving Program
Kathleen Morgan,
Executive Director,
New Hope for Women