ore than 38 years ago The Progress Center first started under the auspices of the Southern Oxford County Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc. (SOCARC). Funding for the program at that time was a combination of local fund raising and grant in aid money from the Maine Bureau of Mental Retardation. Over the years the program continued to expand until SOCARC decided that the Progress Center should become its own corporation.

In 1980 The Progress Center Incorporated and today serves over 400 children, families and adults who experience disabilities in 49 communities in four counties in Maine. The work of the early families has been honored by dedicated staff and professionally delivered services. We fund our services through contracts with the state of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, annual fundraising events and grant writing. We are grateful to the generosity of our donors and supporters who help us to maintain high quality services for each person served.

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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/

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

The Progress Center circa April 14, 1988






 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”

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