An Exciting Joint Venture

 

 United Farmer Veterans of Maine & Columbia Street Project 

Jerry Ireland, Executive Director of United Farmer Veterans of Maine (UFV), and Dr. Stan Moody, Director of Columbia Street Project (CSP) and Senior Pastor of Columbia Street Baptist Church, announced today a formal partnership between the two non-profit corporations.

According to Ireland, the new relationship will enable UFV to build a training center to address the needs of its nearly 225 veteran-owned farm affiliates. “Bangor is geographically central to our statewide outreach. We are pleased to locate here and very gratified to find a compatible partnership with the Columbia Street Project. We believe this will be good for our veterans and good for building community in Bangor.”

The Columbia Street Project was developed as a resource center to assist reentering prisoners to gain job skills and find housing and employment. They do this by working with the vast social service resources available in the greater Bangor area but have found the housing and job training needs very difficult to address. “Our mission has been to help people whose lives have been shattered to rise above their circumstances”, says Moody. “We are a perfect fit for UFV, which is committed to rebuilding lives shattered by PTSD, TBI and substance abuse as the result of active military service. UFV offers concrete options, such as housing and job training, which expand our ability to respond more effectively to the needs of our clientele. As a downtown facility with 26,000 square feet of space, the options are virtually unlimited.”

When asked how a secular agency can effectively partner with a faith-based agency, Ireland offers this: “We feel that CSP broadens our mission by offering a more holistic mentoring approach to healing for those who wish to take advantage of that capacity. On the other hand, our “hand-up” approach to rebuilding lives offers CSP housing and job training options that would otherwise be out of reach for them. I see no conflict and only enhancement of both missions by working together to move beyond the common “hand-out” approach traditionally practiced within the faith community. We will collaborate to teach both veterans and reentering prisoners the importance of giving back to our communities by growing food, developing businesses, and mentoring others who commit to accomplishing the same in their own lives. It is a mission of people helping people rise above the downward spiral of defeat.”

Jerry Ireland, Executive Director,

United Farmer Veterans of Maine

45 Columbia St

Bangor, Maine 04401

207-322-7625

http://www.ufvme.org

Dr. Stan Moody, Ph.D., Founder/Director,

Columbia Street Project

45 Columbia Street

PO BOX 514

Bangor, ME 04401

207-607-3055

http://www.columbiastreetproject.org/