Home for Women and Children Faces Drastic Funding Cut


BANGOR - For decades, Saint Andre Home has helped women and their children start a new life. But now they're facing drastic funding cuts from the state.  Our Erin Thomas reports.
Jessika Lashbrook was 7 months pregnant with her son when she came to Saint Andre. Today, she is married, with a degree, a job, and a place to live. Just one of many succesful stories told, thanks to Saint Andre.
Terri-lynn Lake lived at the home for almost two years, overcoming substance abuse and learning to be a mother.
Now, though, four Saint Andre homes around the state are facing 90% funding cuts from the Department of Health and Human Services at the end of June.
The Bangor location has been open for about 40 years, and since then has aided more than a thousand women and their children in starting a new life.
Executive Director, Reid Scher, says Saint Andre will do everything they can to continue to be a resource in the community.
Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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