Our Mission Each person with a disability has a desire for a rich and varied life, including a physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimension. Each person grows through their life experience and has the right to make his/her own life choices, including those that may involve risk. At The Progress Center our mission is to promote independence and freedom of choice for the individuals we serve, and help them discover their own dream for a meaningful life.
We work with adults to support community inclusion, personal development, and supports in areas of daily living.
The Progress Center currently offers three different Residential Service options: Group Homes, In Home Support (21/29) and Shared Living.
Our Community Kitchen mission is to provide nutritious meal that promote health, wellness and healing
The community case manager works closely with the participant to ensure that his/her desires and needs are addressed
Norway, Maine (12/1/17) – The Progress Center is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. These funds will support the The Progress Center’s Community Kitchen Program located at 35 Cottage Street in Norway.
“The Progress Center’s Community Kitchen Program provides targeted assistance to some of Maine’s most vulnerable residents,” said Walmart Public Affairs Director Chris Buchanan. “By making the lives of its clients brighter, The Progress Center is improving the quality of life in Maine overall, and the Walmart Foundation is pleased and proud to support its efforts.”
The Community Kitchen umbrella includes multiple nutrition based programs for all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
In 2008, The Progress Center’s Community Kitchen began serving 45 meals per week from a church kitchen. Now, up to 200 meals per week are served in the agency’s licensed kitchen and dining area.
The Feel Better Food program provides newly discharged hospital patients who are at risk of malnutrition with up to four weeks of individually tailored meals to meet their dietary needs.
The Produce Distribution Program is a collaboration between the Good Shepherd Food Bank and a local grocer to make fruits, vegetables and bread products available to people experiencing food insecurity. To date 170,882 pounds of food have passed through our doors.
The Level Up program distributes food and personal hygiene items to high school students each week. In addition, each month care packages include personal care products like toothpaste and deodorant.
Executive Director, Jennifer Putnam explains that this grant will “allow our kitchen to provide much needed support to members of our community most in need. Our organization is built on the drive and compassion of our employees to do good in the world.” She continues to say that,160 Mainers are employed by The Progress Center and in 2017 more than 406 individuals with intellectual disabilities and their family members benefited from the many services provided by TPC like: case management, residential support and community inclusion services.”
The Progress Center plans to use the funds to support more students, increase the geographic service area covered by the Feel Better Food Program and continue to provide free food to those in need. More information can be found at progresscentermaine.org
Special Thank You Norway Savings Bank for granting The Progress Center with $1,000. The funds will be used to continue the mission of our nutrition programs: The mission of our Community Kitchen, Food Distribution, Feel Better Food Program and Level Up is to provide nutritious meals that promote health, wellness, and healing for members of our community who are most in need.
“The Progress Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer”