A Home. A Job. A Friend. And A Look at Homelessness from the BDN.

A home.   A job.   A friend.

Around the mid 1980s, a research study of people with serious mental illness found that the three primary goals of their lives were the same three primary goals of everyone else’s lives… A home. A job. A friend.

What those looked like… how they were defined… were a bit different, but the essence was the same.

A home.  We all need a space to call our own, where we can keep our personal possessions, and feel safe – whether it’s a 5,000 square foot waterfront property or just a single room in a boarding home.

A job.  “Job” is defined as purpose.   We all need to feel useful and as though our lives are meaningful.  Purpose varies widely; for some, it’s being a neurosurgeon or a school teacher.  For others… a stay at home parent or a church volunteer.  Purpose is not necessarily based on money, but rather, on being needed.

A friend.  We all need to belong… we need family, friends, a social group, or even a social worker who we can trust.  Or sometimes, for some people, that friend is a companion animal – a cat or dog that loves us no matter what.

It’s really that simple.  A home.  A job. A friend.

Almost 20 years ago I worked as the Housing Developer/Rental Subsidy Administrator for a mental health agency; prior to that I was the Community Support Supervisor for that same mental agency.  Addressing homelessness was a big part of both jobs.

The Bangor Daily News has just published a stark and overwhelmingly touching report that offers a glimpse of what it’s like to be without a space to call one’s own, and how it eats at one’s being.  You can review it here.


You Can Help: 

Each of our Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Conferences has a Designated Non-Profit, which works to address issues of food, clothing and/or shelter among Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.


The Designated Non-Profit for the Greater Bangor conference being held on Oct 31-Nov 01, 2013 is OHI, a social services agency that helps provide those with disabilities with the resources they need to achieve their goals.  Housing is a major focus.  You can learn more about OHI at www.ohimaine.org.

JFM Homes

The Designated Non-Profit for the Greater Androscoggin conference being held on Nov 08, 2013 is John F Murphy Homes, Inc, which for 35 years has helped people with developmental disabilities find a place to call home.   Visit the JFM website at https://www.jfmhomes.org.

We hope you will learn more about these two great organizations, and help support their goals, their missions and their values.


For info on sponsorships, exhibiting or advertising at any of our conferences, call Linda at 207 740 2247 or email LSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

To present a seminar, workshop or activity at any of our conferences, call John at 207 713 0674 or email JSnyder@regroupbiz.com.

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