Our vision responds to the needs of our neighbors; we work towards a community where everyone has food, clothing, housing, and an opportunity to support themselves. Our mission is to provide outreach to the hurting, lost, and needy throughout Eastern and Central Maine. Manna Ministries is neighbor helping neighbor.
Manna Ministries was initially founded to provide services to the homeless in Bangor. However, as we grew, we realized that our guests were not predominantly homeless; the Greater Bangor Shelter serves the homeless of Central Maine. Manna Ministries works together with other community resources providing services.
Manna Ministries provides a safety net in the community that prevents the working poor and people on a fixed income from becoming homeless. Most of our guests are one crisis, one paycheck, or one doctor's bill from losing their lights, homes, or apartments. They come to Manna Ministries for food, fuel assistance, and funds for medicine, clothing, or other life sustaining services. Many people in our community have to make daily choices between food and clothing, medical help, or rent. Manna Ministries helps to provide a better quality of life for the hidden homeless, as well as save the State funds by keeping people from having to use welfare programs.
Our backbone is the army of volunteers who come every day to cook, clean, serve the meals, and hand out groceries.
At Manna Ministries we commit ourselves to the full cycle of assistance: Rescue, Hope, and Restoration. When we help someone find employment we follow their progress and provide ongoing support. For our neighbors who struggle with substance abuse or addiction, we help them to sobriety and offer counseling services to adults and families who need attention and assistance. By helping clients address and solve some of the fundamental problems they encounter, we help them restore health, happiness, and stability to their lives.
At Manna, when we say "we", it not only means Manna, it means you as well. "We" would not be possible without you. You are the community that supports us and makes our services possible. When someone comes to us for help, they're coming to you.
The funding for our Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, and Food Drives comes from you as individuals, civic groups, churches, and schools. Manna has received grants from The Protein Foundation, and some of our programs, such as Derek House and Elijah's House, receive funding from MaineCare and the State of Maine. Our Outpatient Counseling Services are supported by MaineCare, insurance payments, and private fees paid by clients.Manna Inc. Non-Discrimination Statement
Manna Ministries' Executive Board is composed of community members who are committed to the mission, vision, and values of Manna. The Board meets on a regular basis to provide guidance to the management team and to assist in furthering Manna's work in the community.