Aroostook Community Matters - Collaboration Helps Improve Homeless Services of Aroostook

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 8:00 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - The new General Manager of Homeless Services of Aroostook started in March and has been very busy since starting. Lisa McLaughlin knew she wanted to help others.

“After my dad passed away, I knew that I wanted to do something that he would be proud of,” McLaughlin said. “So, I’m here.”

But McLaughlin knew that if she wanted to make a difference at the Homeless Services of Aroostook, she would need help.

“We need the community to support us,” she said. “We need other organizations like ACAP, like Aroostook Regional Transportation, like Northern Light.”

And because there has been teamwork between these organizations, the capacity of the shelter has increased from 17 percent to almost full capacity.

“We can provide better services for the people that come into our facilities so they can transition out into their home or an apartment,” McLaughlin said.

She credits a lot of that success to her hard-working staff.

“It’s just a different environment all together, like there’s smiling faces and everyone is excited to come to work,” said Homeless Services of Aroostook Residential Services Manager Shirley Caron.

Their passion for what they do is just the starting block for helping more people.

“We’re looking to make the homeless services shine and be who we need to be for everybody that we can,” Caron said.

McLaughlin hopes that they can continue to increase their outreach and expand the longer she is there.

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