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MMCA Responds to COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, Midcoast Maine Community Action continues to build better lives for stronger communities. While our offices and classrooms are closed to the public until it is safe to reopen, we continue to further our mission by connecting the community with resources that promote health and quality of life, education and economic independence as a pathway to achieving full potential. Below is a brief overview of our operations across several of our key programs.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Despite the necessary closure of our classrooms, our Head Start and Early Head programs are moving forward in innovative and creative ways to carry out our mission of providing children and families with quality early childhood education programs and integrated support services. Administrators and staff have been sharing resources and creating new infrastructure to carry out our work.

As we move through this challenging time, we will continue to work so that children will continue to progress developmentally and families will have what they need to keep their children safe and healthy. We are producing videos of teachers and staff reading books to children. We are creating classroom web pages so teachers can have daily contact with families. We are also continuing to provide food through our own programs, or assisting school district staff in getting food to our families. To contact our Head Start program email hsrecruitment@mmcacorp.org or call 207-442-7963.

Meals for Children

MMCA is providing a meal program to serve children who are experiencing food insecurity at home during this difficult time. Any child under the age of 19 living in northern Cumberland, Sagadahoc or Lincoln County may benefit. Children do not have to be enrolled in Head Start to be a recipient of this program. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this program, we cannot provide meals to adults.

MMCA’s meals are provided through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and include “Grab & Go” style bags consisting of seven lunches and seven snacks for every child under age 19 in a household. The pick-up days/times are as follows for the MMCA meal program:

Wednesdays
2-4 PM: Bath Head Start Center located at 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath

Thursdays
10-noon: Pejepscot Head Start Center located at 14 Pejepscot Village, Main Street, Topsham
2-4 PM: Salt Bay Area Head Start Center located at 5 Sheepscot Road, Newcastle
2-4 PM: Friendship Street Head Start Center School located at 129 Friendship Street, Waldoboro

Fridays
10-noon: Brunswick Head Start Center located at 35A Gurnet Road, Brunswick

Emergency Services

MMCA is providing services to families that qualify for heating assistance, emergency utility support, rent and security deposit assistance. In some locations, we are able to assist clients with obtaining essential items needed for daily living.

Emergency Services staff also help to coordinate housing assistance for homeless, at-risk individuals, and families by providing referrals and access to emergency funds that are available to residents of northern Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. We also provide counseling services, referrals, advocacy, budgeting assistance, and daily living emergency services.

If you are needing assistance through Emergency Services you can reach Missy Kettell at 207-522-2745 or melissa.kettell@mmcacorp.org.

Family Development Case Management

MMCA is available to assist families with case management services in northern Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. Crissia Lindsey, MMCA’s Family Development Case Manager, is available to assist you with connections to vital resources during this time.  She is also available to provide case management services to those that need support navigating through this difficult time. Crissia can be reached at 207-373-8298 or Crissia.lindsey@mmcacorp.org.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

MMCA’s WIC services are available in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties. Staff are currently located on-site at MMCA’s three main locations in Bath, Rockland and the Belfast offices. Due to Covid-19, staff are not holding face to face appointments, but can be reached by phone. If you need assistance, including gaining access to infant formula, please call Sarah Lash at 207-319-0475 or sarah.lash@mmcacorp.org.

Families CAN!

MMCA’s Families CAN! program will continue to offer enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years. Staff are exploring ways to provide this vital support to parents using video technology and social media. Check the Families CAN! Facebook page for up to date information.

Rental Relief

Governor Mills and MaineHousing established a new rental assistance relief program for Mainers who cannot pay their rent due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is meant to help Maine renters bridge the gap between today and the arrival of state unemployment funds and federal stimulus money. Please contact Missy Kettell at 207-522-2745 or melissa.kettell@mmcacorp.org to learn more about Covid-19 Rental Relief and other MMCA rental relief services.

 

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