28th Annual Hike for the Homeless returns to Bangor, April 1

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 5:45pm

BANGOR — It's time for the 28th Annual Hike for the Homeless, benefitting the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, on April 1, beginning at 10 a.m.

“We are excited to announce that the Hike will return to a traditional in-person event on the Bangor Waterfront,” said organizers, in a news release.

Over the past year, more than 2,000 individuals visited the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter in need of a clean, safe place to stay, a hot meal and other supportive services. 

“Thankfully, the shelter was there for them,” said the release.

BAHS is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Twenty-one full -and part-time employees, and several volunteers, work to provide shelter, crisis intervention, hot meals, and a safe environment for those experiencing homelessness. Currently, 57 percent of the people who stay at the Shelter have a mental illness, chronic addiction and/or medical issue. BAHS provides important connections to services, including medical and psychiatric care.

State and federal funds only provide one-third of the Shelter’s budget of over $900,000. The donations you make allows the shelter to stay open and helps the homeless in the greater Bangor area.

“While a donation is not required to participate in the hike, we encourage participants to collect pledges,” said the release.

PledgeForm_2023 can be downloaded by visiting bangorareashelter.org/hike-for-the-homeless.

Visit the Facebook event page for updates.