Bread Life Ministries Shelter
155 Hospital Street
Augusta, ME - 04330
Family and victims of domestic violence shelter. Also single men and women's shelter.
The Homeless Shelter offers a warm, welcoming, and safe facility to those needing shelter. The shelter is located on Hospital Street across from Riverview Psychiatric Center, a little over a mile from the Soup Kitchen. Originally having only 10 beds, the shelter now offers 20 beds, and 10 overflow beds each night to help those who are homeless.
The shelter is full virtually each night, and turns away 40-85 individuals and families each month. In 2000, we saw a growing number of families and children needing safety and warmth in our shelter. We have seen as many as 8,500 bed-nights in a year (one person/bed/night), up from 1,800 in 2000. Currently we see a mix of families, couples, single parents with children, and singles.
At Bread of Life we are not just a shelter from the elements, but a home where people feel safe and welcomed upon arrival. They receive a brand new bed-in-a-bag and a new pillow that they will take with them when they leave. Bread of Life Ministries Shelter provides a structured program where people work with an onsite case manager throughout the week toward goals such as permanent housing, education and employment, all while addressing the underlying reasons for their homelessness. Case Managers work with people to become self-sufficient by connecting them with resources and support networks that provide new opportunities for success.