First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ
   

The Shields Mission Project

An Outreach Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Camden
55 Elm Street
Camden, ME 04843

Our mission:

To help provide less fortunate citizens of Knox County warmth, shelter, food, clothing, transportation, education, childcare, health care etc. and to enable them to become more able to live a productive and self-sustaining life.

The Shields Mission Project is a dedicated fund to benefit needy residents of Knox County who do not qualify for assistance from various social services and governmental agencies. Its purpose is to help provide direct aid to individuals and families in crisis with immediate needs such as:

  • Warmth: fuel and electricity
  • Shelter
  • Food, clothing
  • Home maintenance as related to safety issues
  • Transportation
  • Health care: medical, dental, mental and vision

The Shields Mission Project is a referral based program only. We work with many Knox County social service organizations/case managers who are advocating for individuals in need of financial assistance. Our criteria are simple:

  • Client lives in Knox County.
  • Client has a specific need that he or she cannot meet.
  • Referring agency has determined that other appropriate sources have been sought and funding is not available from established sources (Federal fuel assistance funding, General Assistance, Section 8 housing, etc.)
  • The request is concise and clearly thought out when presented
  • A specific dollar figure has been established
  • Referring agency cannot provide sufficient financial aid to handle the cost and will seek to share costs where possible.

Payments go directly to the provider of services: such as CMP, landlord, dentist, fuel oil company, etc. — not to the client.

For further information or to request assistance for a client please call Debbi Hitchings, Monday through Thursday at 236-4821 x6. dhitch@camdenucc.org

  

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