Overflow Homeless Shelter Overflowing In Waterville | Waterville , Maine | Online Sentinel
Jamie Grey dreams of having her own apartment where she can cook, clean and care for her baby girl, due next month.
“I would love to be waking up in the middle of the night to my baby in her crib and feeding her in my own apartment and preparing to go to college,” she said.
But for now, the 27-year-old woman sleeps in Waterville’s overflow homeless shelter in the First Baptist Church basement.
She comes in at 6 every night, sleeps in a single bed in a large room with a dozen or so other women and has to be out by 7:45 the next morning.
During the day, she walks to the soup kitchen at Sacred Heart Church or Notre Dame Church for lunch; sometimes she goes to the evening sandwich program at the Universalist Unitarian Church.
“I go to the warming center (on Water Street),” she said. “I utilize the public library a lot. I have case management and I get help connecting to services.”
She and her boyfriend had been living in a trailer in Winslow, but struggled to pay rent after he lost his job and had no luck finding a new one, she said. They eventually had to leave and found themselves on the street.
Now he sleeps in the men’s section of the church basement at the corner of Elm and Park streets and looks every day for work, she said.
Like the other 33 people, including four pregnant women, staying at the shelter, the couple has fallen through the cracks. They are among a growing number of people in the area who are finding themselves without a home, without a job and hungry.
To donate: Send contributions to Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, 28 Ticonic St., or P.O. Box 2612, Waterville, ME 04901 and mark the check “for overflow shelter.” Or go to shelterme.org.
To volunteer or donate items: Call 872-8082.
Items needed: Coffee, cups, trash bags, laundry soap, rolls of quarters for doing laundry, packaged snacks.
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