BANGOR – Northeast Occupational Exchange (NOE) is pleased to announce our collaboration as part of the First United Methodist Churchâ€™s Community Garden.The community garden is located at the First United Methodist Church of Bangor at 730 Essex Street in Bangor under the direction of Reverend Dr Randall Chretien. According to Associate Pastor Chuck Langbein, the idea came about as a way to help support the Thursday night free suppers available to the community at the church. He said â€śthe free suppers started as warming suppers over the winter but due to need have continuedâ€ť. Other crops at the garden will be donated to local homeless shelters and food cupboards.
NOEâ€™s involvement came about after employee, Page Chaloult, let the agency know of the possible opportunity for the consumers at NOE. NOE is a licensed mental health and substance abuse agency serving children, adolescents and adults across Maine with centers in Bangor, Lincoln, Newport, Dexter and Portland. NOEâ€™s services include individual and group outpatient, case management, community support, including a strong commitment to parent training and child treatment, day treatment, residential, 24 hour emergency, vocational and psychological testing.
NOE consumers have participated in all aspects of the gardening including, planting, watering and weeding of the crops 4 days a week. Sharon Greenleaf, LCPC, CRC-MAC, and NOE Agency Assistant Director said of the project that, â€śit offers valuable benefits for our consumers and assists them with their self-esteem, involvement in the community and making new contacts, increases their physical activity, helps them learn practical skills they can use in their own lives and is overall very therapeuticâ€ť. The crops being grown at the garden include, tomatoes, peas, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, zuchini, summer squash, and cucumbers.
The free community suppers are offered every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the church.
Associate Pastor Langbein said â€śthe collaborative effort of the church and NOE has been very positive and hopefully will continue and expandâ€ť.
For more information, please contact Jolene Mitchell, Operations Director at NOE at (207)907-7242.
Contact Name: Jolene Mitchell, Operations Director
Telephone Number: (207)907-7242