BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Saint Andre home in Bangor offers a home to young mothers and provides them with the tools and counseling to get back on their feet. Most of the residents are fighting to keep custody of their children or in some cases battling substance abuse. After a decade, the organization will be forced to close its residential program.
Executive Director Reid Scher with Saint Andre said, "In all honesty it's devastating. This is something we have been doing or the organization has been doing for 75 years. We have had these homes for 40 years and these are young women facing challenges."
The organization is losing more than 90-percent of its funding from the state.
Former social worker Eileen Ward with the Andre Home in Bangor said, "This is a valuable institution for us. It gives us a safe and effective place to send mothers who really want to get their child back or not lose their child in the first place."
The mothers and children currently living in the home will need to find alternative housing and other programs.
According to the Department of health and human services, the program was not delivering the desired results and it was costly to run. DHHS spends about 10-million a year to serve 82 children through the program.
The department plans to put that money toward what they feel would be more cost-effective programs that could reach many more families and kids and prevent them from coming into state custody or care.
The Saint Andre home will close its doors at the end of this month.