Contact: Independent Living Program Director Michael Hinckley-Gordon at 207-238-4306
Good Will-Hinckley Youth Celebrate National Family Week
...Michael Hinckley-Gordon, director of the Independent Living Program, says participation in National Family Week makes perfect sense to the organization and its youth.
"Everyone at Good Will-Hinckley, whether staff, volunteer, donor, alumni, or current youth is part of a lifelong thread that creates a sense of home," he
...Hinckley-Gordon, who oversees the program, attests to its meeting the needs of youth who have experienced considerable chaos, trauma, or the abuse and neglect which directly links to homelessness.
Living, young people get the knowledge to cope with family relationships or their lack," he
said."They learn to handle personal and social problems in an adequate manner, and by the time they leave us, have less need of support services and assistance."When that time comes, Hinckley-Gordon
added, youth are ready to contribute the community and society at large.
The second activity of the week is a family-style Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23.The dinner is a special invitation to the youngest of GWH
alumni, recent graduates who either have no family of origin or have yet to form their own families.Hinckley-Gordon
said the idea for this dinner came from older GWH alumni who now have established their own families."The older alumni wanted to make sure recent graduates did not spend the Holidays alone," he
said."They understand connections count, consider Good Will-Hinckley a home in their hearts, and were looking out for their own."Hinckley-Gordon
added the activity speaks volumes to the current youth who live at GWH
."They know in a couple of years they themselves may be coming back for Thanksgiving, so they go out of their way to make all young alumni feel welcome."
Funding for the new Hall Cottage comes from the Maine State Housing Authority.National Family Week is sponsored by The Annie E. Casey Foundation
is on Route 201, off I-95 Exit 133, and on the web at www.gwh.org.For more information on the Hall Cottage Open House, the public may reach Hinckley-Gordon
at 207-238-4306 or e-mail MHinckley-Gordon@gwh.org.