Ho! Ho! Ho!

We've been good!

The dusting of snow the night before allowed Santa to arrive by sleigh  (nobody noticed it on the roof) to enjoy a pancake breakfast with lots of kids from the area… even a few who took a while to “warm up” to him! The occasion was, of course, a merry one… but also with a purpose. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support the work of Penquis Journey House in Dexter. In addition to cash contributions at the door, folks brought a number of items to help fill the playpen with baby care and household goods. Valley Grange members also contributed to several specific projects, bringing the proceeds from the collaborative event to over $500. (There is still time to purchase raffle tickets for the great afghan that was also donated!)

The Penquis Journey House is a Transitional Housing Program for pregnant and parenting young women and their children who need a safe and nurturing place to live and grow.

I've been good!

Located in Dexter, the Penquis Journey House provides a safe haven and a home for up to four young women and six children at any given time. The young women are 16-21 years of age, and many have faced extraordinary hardship. They have endured abuse, poverty and health challenges. They have lacked safety, stability and support. Yet, they have persevered in hopes of a better future for themselves and their children.

Assistance is available for nearly every aspect of their lives, from health and transportation to parenting support and child care to education and career planning. They arrive at the Journey House seeking basic needs and leave ready to pursue their life goals.

Valley Grange is pleased and proud to support these young women and the Journey House Project. For additional information or to learn more about the needs and opportunities, call the Journey House at 924-0151 or visit the Penquis Journey House website.