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Dear Friends,
 
Thank you to every one of you who answered my call for help to deal with last month's "Furnace Fiasco." Over fifty individuals stepped up and made a donation to help us pay for repairs. 
Donations came in from all over Maine. Gifts arrived from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, and even England!  Long-time supporters, recent donors, and first-time contributors responded. One donor who visited Hope House last year said, "I couldn't bear the thought of all those lovely people in your building without heat during a Maine winter. I had to help."

Equally important was the outpouring of hospitality and emotional support. So many of our volunteers and mentors invited residents to stay at their homes. Many others offered meals, transportation or other help.  To each of you, my sincere thanks.

"Hope House Furnace Fiasco 2019" is now, happily, in the past. We have heat and hot water. Our programs restarted and we can pay the bills associated with this event.  I will always remember the many acts of kindness during and following HH FF 2019. Thank you so much for supporting us.

Hope House residents were astonished by the fast and continued support they received from our community. On the first day with no heat or hot water, a very anxious Hope House resident approached me and asked if I was sending everyone to Portland's city shelter. She was astonished and relieved when I told her that she would be staying in a hotel until other arrangements could be made. 

In the following few days, the offers of donations and home hospitality started coming in. Shortly after I sent out my emergency plea for help, I was amazed by your quick and generous response. I am grateful beyond words, so I will close with a heartfelt "thank you."
  
With gratitude,

Martha Stein
Executive Director
 
Thank you from Hope House Residents 
“When the went heat out, it was painful for us as immigrants who had just arrived in Maine for our first winter.  Our Hope House leaders came up with an answer, which was not only to get us out of the cold, but also to spend an evening at the hotel La Quinta. It was a real pleasure and very fun for us!” ~ Hope House Resident
“The [staff] at the hotel were so nice, especially the receptionists. If someone asked me to go again, I’d say yes! After we had been away for a few days, the heat was okay again. The people of Hope Acts responded and fixed it right away.” ~ Hope House Resident
 "Now we know that you all really care for all of us, even in difficult times." ~ Hope House Resident
Thank you Hope House Mentors and Volunteers
Hope Acts has a fabulous group of volunteers, including mentors like Liz Poole. Each Hope House resident is offered a mentor, a volunteer from the community who offer friendship and informal guidance about life in our community. 

Mentor Liz Poole said, "When I heard about the furnace, I was already on my way to Portland to pick up my mentee for our usual Friday get together. My husband was away on a trip and I immediately thought of the two empty bedrooms in my house. It took no time at all for her and her roommate to decide to come to my home for a girls weekend. Saturday morning was spent cooking together and frying beignets!” 

Thank you, Liz, and the many mentors and community members who provided a warm place to stay, food and friendship while we worked to restore heat to Hope House. 
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Here's a really easy way to help Hope Acts!  Would you CLYNK for us?  If you would be willing to turn your recyclables into a donation for Hope Acts (in Maine -- bottles and cans that include a deposit), send an email to martha@hopeacts.org with your mailing address and we'll send you a few bar-coded bag stickers. Put the sticker on a CLYNK bag, fill and return the bag to a participating Hannaford supermarket.  THANK YOU.
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Thank you, in advance, for your financial support of Hope Acts. Your donation today provides housing, classes, and a sense of community for immigrants, allowing them to achieve their goals for a successful future. Please visit hopeacts.org/give or mail a check to Hope Acts, PO Box 7615, Portland ME 04112.
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