209 Eastern Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330

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Programs & Services

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is comprised of three programs that collectively function as a low-barrier community resource center and safe, warm place that assists individuals seeking to become the healthiest version of themselves.

 

Each of BTG's programs reaches a significant number of people and helps make a positive impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness, joblessness, resettlement, re-entry after imprisonment, food insecurity, substance abuse disorder and general hard times.

Addie's Attic Clothing Bank

Addie’s Attic is a free clothing bank which began as a ministry of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church. Since 1998, people have generously shared their gently used clothes with the Attic and these are sorted and arranged so that customers can easily choose items that catch their eye.

The Attic inventory is rotated seasonally and includes men's, women's and children's clothing from newborn to plus sizes. During the colder months, boots and warm winter coats are available. Sheets, blankets and towels are also kept in stock as much as possible.

 

The Attic is overseen by a Bridging the Gap staff person but the actual operations are performed by an amazing crew of volunteers.

 

hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2

1st and 3rd Saturdays 10-12 

If it is your first time, there is a brief intake form to fill out.  We do not ask for proof of income.

Augusta Community Warming Center

The Augusta Community Warming Center has been a seasonal community resource since 2009.  It is a low-barrier safe place for people to be during the day throughout the coldest months of the year.  The Center is open from late fall through March.  The coffee pot is always on and staff are available for support with resource connection.

 

Although the Warming Center was initially started to offer daytime shelter to those who have none, everyone is welcome and there is no age requirement. 

 

Everyday Basic Essentials Pantry

Everyday Basic Essentials is a personal and household hygiene pantry that started in 2009 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church.  It is a supplementary source for  products important to health which are not included  under the SNAP program such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tampons, sanitary pads, diapers and wipes.

 

While many people take such items for granted, the reality for some is quite different. 

 

During the Maine winter, a person must sometimes choose between an adequate supply of diapers for their child and paying the fuel bill. Sometimes, for fear of running out, a woman wears feminine products for a longer time than recommended which can lead to serious health risks. Both laundry detergent and shampoo can make a huge difference in making a first impression at a job interview.

hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2

1st and 3rd Saturdays 10-12 

If it is your first time, there is a brief intake form to fill out.  We do not ask for proof of income.