Who We Are
For 39 years, The Progress Center has provided supportive services to adults, children and their families living with disabilities. Today, we serve more than 450 adults and children through a wide variety of residential, community support, and case management services that are carefully individualized to help intellectually and/or developmentally disabled individuals maintain and improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. In addition to developmental services, The Progress Center hosts a robust Community Kitchen program. The Community Kitchen endeavors to change the lives of people facing food insecurity, ensure people recovering from hospitalizations get the nutritious meals they need to heal and making food access barrier free.
Our mission is to promote independence and freedom of choice for the individuals we serve. Our core beliefs include that each person with a disability has a desire for a rich and varied life, including a physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimension. We also believe each person grows through their life experience and has the right to make his/her own life choices, including those that may involve risk. We support each person to discover their own dream for a meaningful life.
The mission of our Community Kitchen, Food Distribution and Feel Better Food Program is to provide nutritious meals that promote health, wellness, and healing for members of our community who are most in need.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Our board is dedicated to supporting our participants’ independence and freedom of choice. They are compassionate and committed leaders vested in supporting our organization as we navigate our employees and consumers toward a better, brighter future.
Pictured from L to R: Ronald Raymond, Chairman, Tom White, Pat Cook, Elizabeth Durant, Secretary, Melissa Burgess, Mike Grass, Treasurer and Kathleen Perkins, Vice Chairman.
Advertiser Democrat, April 2019, https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/04/18/norway-business-expanding-to-oxford/
Sun Journal, April 2019, https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/04/18/norway-business-expanding-to-oxford/
Sun Journal, January 2019, Progress Center Receives Donation
Turner Publishing, December 23, https://www.turnerpublishing.net/news/2018/12/23/ross-named-progress-center-finance-director/
Oxford Hills Observer, December 7, 2017: Norway’s Progress Center receives grant for Community Kitchen program
Lewiston Sun Journal, Wednesday, October, 11, 2017: Progress Center in Norway to Hold Third Annual Run
Oxford Hills Observer, October 13, 2017: Progress Center to hold Trick or Treat Trot Oct. 28 in Norway
Oxford Hills Observer, September 15, 2017: Stephens Memorial Hospital offers Make it Mediterranean class Sept. 20
Oxford Hills Observer, July 31, 2017: Those needing food in the Oxford Hills have options
Oxford Hills Observer, April 9, 2017: Lewiston, Norway organizations awarded Androscoggin Bank MainStreet Foundation grants
Lewiston Sun Journal, Friday, January 5, 2017: Two Progress Center Employees Earn Licenses
Advertiser Democrat, March, 24, 2016: Oxford Hills Thief Would Have Been Given Food if Needed
Lewiston Sun Journal, Friday, April 25, 2014: Putnam Joins The Progress Center
Lewiston Sun Journal, Saturday, November 9, 2013: Record Park Memorial Trail
Lewiston Sun Journal, Monday, March 25, 2013: Norway Progress Center Receives Donation
Lewiston Sun Journal, Monday, December 13,2012: Sandra Shorey Joins Progress Center Team
Lewiston Sun Journal, Friday, September 20, 2011: Community Kitchen Opens in Norway
35 Cottage Street, Norway, Maine 04268 – 207.743.8049 – fax: 739-7349 or 739-6110
“The Progress Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer”