LEWISTON – More than 30 volunteers gave their time to clean, organize, refurbish and furnish the four living spaces of eight young men living at the New Beginnings transitional shelter. The project was organized by a local mission team from the United Methodist Church in Auburn.

New Beginnings assists adolescents who are in crisis due to unstable living situations to grow socially and emotionally so they can build self-respect and lead productive lives. In Androscoggin County New Beginnings operates two separate shelters – one for young women and another for men ages 16 to 20, as well as outreach programs and a temporary emergency shelter.

The volunteers spent a weekend in June cleaning and updating the young women’s shelter and took on the task of updating the men’s shelter in October, contributing more than 150 volunteer hours to the dual-phased project.

The work was organized by project leaders Jane Thomas and Chris Conant. In addition to organizing labor, the leaders secured donations from area businesses and individuals.

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