During the latter part of the 1990’s I was employed with the Bureau of Mental Health. It was after attending another meeting where the discussion focused on developing housing in other parts of the State that I had a conversation with Vicky Edgerly. Although we worked for different agencies, we served many of the same clients. She shared her concern that there was nothing available in the Biddeford area and said that someone needed to develop housing here so that folks would not have to leave their families and support systems in order to be housed. I simply stated ‘You are someone.’
That was the beginning of The Maine Way, Inc.
I have spent the better part of my life working with people who are disadvantaged due to a variety of reasons including mental and physical health conditions and poverty. I believe that each of us can make a difference and that we have a responsibility to care for others.
I am now retired. In addition to my volunteer work at The Maine Way, I also volunteer at the Good Shepherd Parish, Biddeford Free Clinic, and Hospice of Southern Maine. Although I sometimes tell myself that I must be mad to spend my retirement years taking on such responsibility, I would have it no other way.