Thousands of in-kind donations of time from volunteers, jail residents, and friends are what sustain VHJR's programs, as well as contributions of $1 to $200 from generous individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses.
One Ellsworth, ME business, The Maine Grind www.mainegrind.com donates a free meal certificate for each Post-Release Packet provided by VHJR to newly released jail residents, ensuring an early morning snack and coffee.
VHJR also works closely with other service organizations in the Ellsworth-area community. VHJR gratefully accepts donations and grants to assist with program enhancement, post-release services, VHJR's volunteer-mentoring program, and relationship and new leadership building in greater Hancock County.
Other grants have been received from Maine Initiatives Foundation and a grant from the Self-Education Foundation, the Maine Coalition on Smoking and Health (that allowed us to begin group chemical addiction counseling for the jail residents). Since that beginning we have received assistance from Maine Community Foundation, St. Francis Church Community Fund, Coastal Hancock Healthy Communities, St. Saviour's Church, Union River Healthy Communities, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Sparkplug Grant, and a generous array of caring groups and individuals.
This early introduction of rehabilitation services by VHJR the services at Hancock County Jail have grown into a full-service program. Open Door Recovery Center of Ellsworth, Maine started providing the first in-jail rehab in the state of Maine. We are grateful to Open Door, the Hancock County Jail administrators, and to the Jail Residents for making this possible.
"Help Behind Bars." (Small corrections: There is mention here that VHJR has been paid for our work -- we haven't -- and that staff is needed to protect us. While this is correct in theory, since 2001 we've never had a single safety incident with a jail resident).
Hope Magazine featured our volunteer work -- how we started and how we all
in "Downeast Volunteers Keep Jail Residents Connected."
A few Radio Interviews about VHJR Programs:
Click HERE for RadioActive about Jail Residents' Art Show, Bo Lozoff and VHJR programs.
WERU-FM Community Radio, 89.9 Blue Hill, ME
Click HERE for other stories about VHJR on RadioActive - WERU FM
If you are interested in finding out more about Volunteers for Hancock Jail Residents
or call 207-374-3608
but first, please read through our website to find out more about what we do.