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Northern Lighthouse, Inc. receives a $5,000 grant to support Safe Harbor Shelter

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. recently received a $5,000 grant from Versant Power to support Safe Harbor Shelter, an all-inclusive emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 10-17 in Aroostook County.

These funds will help The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. with the costs of program supplies and activities that will directly support Safe Harbor Shelter and homeless youth. Safe Harbor Shelter will be located on 14 Main Street in Mars Hill.

Versant Power provides grants to non-profits that provide crucial services that strengthen and assist communities within its service areas. The awarded funds from Versant Power Charitable Giving will support the startup of the emergency shelter and will help us to provide support to homeless children and teens throughout the year.

“Safe Harbor Shelter is a lifeline for children and teens in need of emergency shelter and support services in Aroostook County,” said Versant Power’s Director of Customer Service and Communications Kendra Overlock. “Versant Power is pleased to help Safe Harbor Shelter continue its important work in our communities.”

The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. is grateful to Versant Power for their support of this project and our work to end youth homelessness in Aroostook County and throughout Maine. Because of their generous support, The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. will be able to provide emergency shelter and services that will make a lasting impact in the lives of homeless youth for years to come.

The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. provides outpatient therapy and case management for children, families, and adults, as well as community skill building and intensive residential support services for youth and young adults ages 8 to 21. Established in 2001, we provide exceptional care for adults and children with mental health and behavioral disabilities in four locations throughout Aroostook County. In 2021, we served over 564 individuals and families. We provide services to support individuals and families, build self-confidence and self-esteem, personal responsibility, as well as skill development. We employ 71 staff who assist families and children with varying disabilities, HCT, case management, residential treatment, outpatient therapy, and Section 28 services. Staff encourages parents and family members to make informed choices regarding their children, by providing education geared towards the specific challenges that they face. The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. team continues to ensure a nondiscriminatory and respectful setting inclusive of culture, social, and religious differences. We serve on a referral basis including self-referral and we accept most insurances.

For more information, please visit or contact Blake Hatt, chief operations officer, at 207-540-1522 ext. 204 or email

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