Mark Swann

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For the past few weeks, as the places where homeless people often receive services have been closed, some have been spending their days — and in some cases, their nights — at Portland’s Deering Oaks Park. Preble Street in Portland has had to close its day center as part of its effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and had been providing meals for people at several locations, including Deering Oaks.

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This is an extended two-hour Maine Calling show, as we continue to cover the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the people of Maine.

All over Maine, people are in need of help — and, at the same time, people are finding ways to help. Today we explore the many creative and generous examples of support and aid that individuals and businesses are offering in this difficult time. We also learn how to best volunteer your services — and how to do so safely.

Homelessness : Finding Solutions

Nov 24, 2016

This is a re-broadcast of our earlier show; no calls will be taken.

A look at some of the solutions that local organizations are finding to reduce homelessness in Maine.  (Original broadcast date 10/12/16)

Guests:  Mark Swann, executive director of Preble Street in Portland

Stephanie Primm, executive director of Hospitality House in Rockland

Homelessness: Finding Solutions

Oct 12, 2016
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Despite discouraging news headlines about homelessness, some innovative Maine organizations have had meaningful success in reducing homelessness and improving the lives of the homeless population.  We’ll learn about these solutions and what it would take to expand them.

Guests:  Mark Swann, executive director of Preble Street in Portland

Stephanie Primm, executive director of Hospitality House in Rockland