FARMINGTON — The Western Maine Homeless Outreach launched a new website on July 25.

The site, www.wmhomelessoutreach.org, shares the WMHO vision, one dedicated to not only providing shelter but “transforming futures by strengthening families to become self-sustaining,” according to the website.

There are success stories offered by residents and colorful photos of the western Maine area provided by Scott Landry.

Western Maine Homeless Outreach opened the local shelter, the first in Franklin County, in November of 2013 at the Living Waters Assembly of God Church. 

Led by a volunteer board of directors, WMHO partnered with Maine State Housing Authority in December 2015 and adopted the Rapid Re-housing model, according to the website.

Over 2016, WMHO provided case management services to 77 homeless individuals. During this year, 50 of the 77 shelter guests have been housed, according to the website.

The WMHO board has worked hard to put this site together, Ryan Goding, chairman of the Communications Committee, said.

“We’re very excited because we believe it’s going to give greater visibility to the shelter and increase awareness of our mission and the serious concern for housing insecurity in Western Maine,” Goding said. “We’re also hoping the site will help us to communicate some of our successes so that people in the community will know more about all the hard work that happens each and every day.”

The site was put together by Aptuitive, with Goding supplying photos, writing content and designing the new WMHO logo.

The website also provides space to explain how people can get involved if they feel inclined to do so, he said. It provides a page for secure giving.

“We wanted to create an avenue for folks to make donations that was more convenient and easy to use,” he said.

“Western Maine Homeless Outreach wants to thank all of its partners who have consistently supported our efforts. Without their help we would not have been able to complete this project,” Goding said.

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