Too many people are homeless in our community. Join us in making a difference. Together we can tell homelessness to take a hike in our region!
The 23nd Annual Hike for the Homeless is a walk to advocate for people experiencing homelessness and a fundraiser for Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. This event brings people together to help provide funding for resources that will benefit the homeless population. On April 7, 2018, hikers will gather in four communities– Bangor, Brewer, Hermon and Hampden- to walk together, uniting at the Bangor Waterfront. We welcome families, individuals, organizations and groups from schools, churches, businesses, and clubs to take part. It is sure to be an inspiring, meaningful and fun day!
Over the past year more than 5,000 individuals visited the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter in need of a clean, safe place to stay, a hot meal, and other supportive services. Thankfully, the shelter was there for them.
BAHS is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Twenty-one full and part- time employees, along with scores of volunteers, work to provide shelter, crisis intervention, hot meals, and a safe environment. Currently 87% of the people that stay at the shelter have a mental illness, chronic addiction and/or medical issues. BAHS provides important connections for services, including medical and psychiatric care.
State and Federal homeless funding only provides 37% of the Shelter’s budget of nearly $700,000. Donations allow the shelter to stay open and provide greatly needed services. All of the money raised at the Hike supports the homeless right here in the greater Bangor Area.
While a donation is not required to participate in the hike, we encourage participants to collect pledges. Download a pledge form here and challenge your friends, family or co-workers. If everyone does a little, together we can accomplish a lot!