Portland – Easter Seals Maine is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to benefit Maine’s veterans, service members and their families. The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $1 million to 52 Maine nonprofit organizations through its annual Direct Services Grant Program; among them is Easter Seals Maine. Through this support, the Foundation will partner with nonprofits who are working to meet the immediate needs of some of Maine's most vulnerable people.
Easter Seals Maine will use the $25,000 to provide mental health support to veterans, service members and their families. Easter Seals' Military & Veterans Program offers statewide individual and family support as well as emergency financial aid to help service members and their loved ones maintain their dignity, independence, health and well-being in times of transition.
“We take pride in serving the entire family at Easter Seals Maine,” says Lois Jones, Clinical Director of Easter Seals Maine. “We specialize in military families and veterans and provide a range of services to help support them. No veteran who has served our country should ever have to go without the proper care and support. This grant will be integral to serving this very important population here in Maine, we are very grateful.”
John T. Gorman, known as Tom, established his namesake foundation to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. In 2014, the Foundation distributed a total of $7.2 million to support programs around the state.
For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit www.jtgfoundation.org.