Preble Street last month took over operations of the 44-bed quarantine and temporary wellness shelters in Lewiston that had been run by Community Concepts Inc. since early last year.

“The critically important role of emergency shelters has never been more evident than over the last year,” said Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann. “CCI staff have done a remarkable job managing the Lewiston shelters, and we’re looking forward to working with them to continue providing this critical resource.”

Many CCI shelter staff will continue their positions as Preble Street employees.

Like the quarantine shelter and temporary wellness shelter Preble Street has managed in Greater Portland since last year, these two efforts will be operated in close partnership with MaineHousing, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other local partner organizations.

Before the pandemic, Preble Street was responsible for 64 shelter beds in Portland. Today the agency is responsible for 300 beds throughout the state, with 40 more opening once construction is complete on the new wellness shelter in Portland, formerly the site of the organization’s drop-in center.