Northern Light Mercy Hospital has received a $400,000 challenge grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to support its +MPower program to help new Mainers and others enter or advance in the workforce. 

The grant will help “provide vital resources and training to help marginalized communities begin health care careers or advance in the workplace. Together, we’re helping to close the opportunity gap for many in our community,” said Melissa Skahan, vice president of mission integration at Mercy Hospital.

Through community partnerships with Portland Adult Education and others, the program provides enhanced access to education and training and helps participants begin or advance their careers while also helping employers meet workforce needs.

For every $100 raised for the capital campaign to relocate all of Mercy Hospital’s services to the Fore River Parkway, the foundation will contribute $20 to the +MPower program, up to a total of $400,000.