100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine supports McAuley Residence
100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine recently presented a check for $13,000 to McAuley Residence, a community housing program designed to break the cycle of addiction, homelessness, and poverty for single women and their children.
100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine is a group of local women who are interested in supporting their communities by contributing to Southern Maine charities together as a group to increase the impact of their donations. The organization was founded in October 2014 with a goal of finding 100 and more women to each contribute $50 four times a year in order to give $50,000+ annually to local charities. Today, 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine has 367 members and has contributed more than $179,000 to 18 local charities.
“As a group, we believe we have the ability to contribute to the growth of our communities in ways that we never before thought possible,” says Deb Bergeron, founder, 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine. “The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that we can see in our communities.”
McAuley Residence offers a holistic approach to recovery, including physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness, financial responsibility, and parenting, career, and education support. Started in 1988, it has served more than 250 individuals. McAuley Residence is the only comprehensive program in Maine for families affected by substance use disorders that allows women to have their children live with them and provides services and treatment for both mother and children.
“McAuley Residence receives no federal or state funding and is operated solely on private donations,” says Jenn Moss, program director, McAuley Residence. “We’re grateful for the support of 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine. This donation will directly help women who have a history of substance abuse with childcare, daycare, education costs, parent coaching, and daily living needs.”
McAuley Residence is a program of Northern Light Mercy Hospital.
Pictured, from left to right, are Deb Bergeron, founder, 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine; Kim Toppi, director of philanthropy, Northern Light Mercy Hospital Foundation; and Jenn Moss, program director, McAuley Residence.