History Highlights

1984: Official opening of Bread of Life Soup Kitchen at 157 Water Street. Ten total churches from the Augusta area become involved and form the foundation of the ministry.

1986: Homeless Shelter opens at 155 Hospital Street

1999: Board voted to consolidate shelter and soup Kitchen at 155 Hospital Street. Began keeping shelter open 24 hours

2000: Board voted to reverse May, 1999 decision to consolidate – not in best interest of Bread of Life guests. Accepted house from Paul Blouin and moved to its current location at 155 Hospital Street. Began radio broadcasts as regular guests of Christian radio station Worship 95, WWWA, FM 95.3

History includes the first transitional home opens in 2002 on Hospital Street.2002: First transitional home opens at 155 Hospital Street for one family.

2003: Vocational training began

2004: Second transitional home opens at 14 Orchard Street called Libbey Place offering 3 units of 3 bedrooms for families. Celebrated 20 year anniversary of soup kitchen opening. Board voted to separate housing functions and create Bread of Life Development Organization – later dissolved in 2005

2005: Shelter has grown to handle 20 beds, and 10 overflow beds, full practically every night, turning away 30-80 people per month. Official opening of Resource Center at 99 Western Avenue – closed in October same year, moved to 3rd floor, 157 Water Street. First Permanent Housing for individuals in built on State Street, named Connolly Green. 9 units for individuals.

History:  2007 - Permanent housing provided at Lawrence House by Maine Bread of Life Ministries.2007: Lawrence House purchasing providing 24 units of permanent housing for low income individuals. 6 Self-Help Homes (family offers sweat equity) completed and 6 families move in to new homes with great joy and tears shed. Cony Village – first new neighborhood in Augusta in over 30 years breaks ground in partnership with KVCAP. Resource Center moves to 157 Hospital St. 30 units of Permanent Housing is transferred to Bread of Life – formally Arch Alpha, and renamed Westman Village.

2008: 9 units of Transitional Housing for Families is obtained on Boothby Street.

2009: Boothby St. facility opens and Lawrence House rehab is complete. Soup Kitchen goes over 36,000 meals per year. 25 year celebration held with volunteers, board and staff with food, band and prizes.

2010: First year that all 81 units of housing are up and running – 16 transitional and 65 permanent housing units in place. We reach $500,000 mark of Ending the Cycle Campaign towards $1 million.