Serving Homeless Families with Children in Hancock County

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Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency.
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Families First Community Center (FFCC) will assist homeless families with minor children. Our service will include all of Hancock County. FFCC's vision is that of a transitional home that will assist residents with everything they need to live an independent, stable and fulfilling life.
Please consider making a tax free donation. FFCC is a non-profit association under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions qualify as tax deductible. (Tax ID #-47-4792801) Donations can be at the top of this page through PayPal, or sent directly to PO Box 951, Ellsworth, Maine 04605. 
Thank you!

While you're here, make sure you visit our Events page to find out all the ways you can currently support us!

Thanks to great people like you, our Wish List has dropped from 8 pages to just 2.  Due to limited space, we ask that you hold onto your large donation items for us until we have rebuilt the barn.

Wish List
3 Phase Plan to serve Homeless Families

Phase I: Purchase  Building and perform Renovations:                                    $764,136

Phase II: Develop Program, Learn the Social Service System,
Cultivate Mentors (VIFS), Hire and Train Staff, Identify
Suitable Family Residents, Create Outreach Case
Management (6 Months Reserve):                                                                       $113,443

Phase III:  Operations, Annually after Opening:                                                 $284,839
     (to be partially underwritten by agency funding)                                          _________
                                                                                                                 TOTAL=  $1,162,418 =


We are pleased to report that we have raised over 90% of the TOTAL cost (purchase price and renovations) now that we have our mortgage and new regulations have caused us to expand!  We are only $75,000 away from our TOTAL goal. Please help us by donating today!

Thank you all so much for your support!  We never could have crushed our fundraising goal without your help to purchase our Home (10-27-17).  No rest for us, though, it's time to renovate!

Food and Water and Personal Hygeine products now available at FFCC!! 
We now have two cabinets FULL at 41 North Street, Ellsworth.  Please use the brick walkway and cut across the lawn to the porch.  Do not try to climb over the rocks.  There are also brochures about other local food pantries with their rules and hours of operation.  If we have overflow, donations will be made to these pantries.  There is a bungee on the handles of one cabinet to keep out squirrels - just remove it and put it back when you are done!  We are continuing to ask for donations like these.  There is a tote on the same porch to put donations in.  Please leave your name and email if you would like  tax receipt, which we would be more than happy to send.
Thank you to all!


Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency.
We have finally set up our CLYNK account! 
If you or anyone you know is interested in fundraising for us with returnable bottles, we'd be happy to get you a roll of bags! 
Call or email us for more info.
FFCC needs your help!

We are currently working with some of our partners to put together a Commission to identify the number of people who are not in a homeless shelter, but are couch-surfiing, staying with family members temporarily but with no permanent housing, living in a car or other shelter not intended for housing, etc. in Hancock County. People in these circumstances can be hard to identify (especially in the winter), so we are reaching out to everyone we know who might know people/families/youth living in these situations.
The count is important as it is used to determine need for housing for the homeless. Each year we try to get a more accurate number; we would truly appreciate your helping us by spreading this information to your friends and networks. We know we don't have adequate shelter housing in Hancock County, but it is hard to prove without having numbers of "unsheltered" folks.
If you, or anyone having information about homeless families/individuals outside of shelters, does not have the time or inclination to get this specific information, please just let us know who the people are and where/how they might be found or contacted.
In addition, we are looking for some of these same folks to contact (though in this case, “Families Only”) to interview, if they are willing, to make sure we are not missing any services that the homeless population needs for our Upcoming Opening.  If you know anyone that may be willing to be interviewed (results will be anonymous), please pass our contact information onto them.
Email [email protected] or call 460-3711.
Thank you so much for your help!