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Organization

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center

Contact Information

35 South Street
Biddeford, ME 04005

(207) 283-1783

Focus Areas

  • Economic Security
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Homelessness & Housing

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center collaborates with our local communities and neighbors to find meaningful solutions to poverty, isolation, and despair in a welcoming and compassionate environment.

  • About Us
    - open 4 hours/day 5 days/week serving an expanded continental breakfast and lunch.
    - Operate a Digital Literacy & Employment Resource Center, which helps connect our neighbors to the classes offered by the National Digital Equity Center, helps with resume development and job searches, and to find resources for unemployment and disability services.
    - Offer free new/gently used clothing, bedding, towels, and dishes. We maintain a stock of socks, underwear, and winter coats for those unable to acquire them.
    - Host a number of outside service providers to meet the various needs of those we serve, including free: Hep A & B vaccines, flu shot clinics, Hep C and HIV testing & referral, weekly access to local Substance Use Disorder community worker, and nutritional & SNAP education.
    - We also provide personal care items to the best of our ability to either have them donated or to purchase critical products, such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, feminine hygiene items and diapers.
    - We hand out tents, sleeping bags, tarps, lanterns, when available, for those experiencing homelessness.
    - Our newest initiative, which was piloted this past winter, is serving the tri-communities as an overnight warming center when extreme weather makes living outside life-threatening. This effort was funded by the City of Biddeford and will be fully supported this year by Biddeford, Saco, and OOB. We have also been contacted by other communities who are interested in the impacts made in our community and how they might adopt similar models.
  • Our Impact
    All of our efforts are based on two principles: mercy and justice. Mercy is meeting basic needs when and where possible. Justice is working to make access to services easier and breaking down barriers which keep people living in poverty from attaining their highest potential. We insure that all those who are mobile and hungry can have nutritious meals; we make access to new/gently used clothing and health services and education free for those who need them. We are working with and advocating for improved services and resources for those living outside. We are actively engaged in employment activities to respond to business needs for qualified workers and workers' needs for meaningful jobs paying living wages.