Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:35

Hope House receives thousands of dollars from Quirk Auto

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BANGOR - Quirk Subaru gave Penobscot Community Health Care a check for $34,500 at the dealership Wednesday.

The money comes from the 2017 Subaru Share the Love Campaign, where Subaru of America and Quirk donated a combined $300 for every car sold between last November and January.

 

That added up to tens of thousands of dollars, which is all going to PCHC'S Hope House on Corporate Street in Bangor.

 

The Hope House helps the homeless and people with substance abuse issues.

 

Jim Quirk said the dealership was happy to hand over the check to PCHC representatives.

 

"I went over and visited the Hope House," said Jim Quirk, the vice president of Quirk Auto Park. "And the job they do and their attitude on what they do - well, tonight you can see it in their eyes that they really appreciate this check to help them out."

 

Hope House representatives at the check presentation event said the organization helps people get back on their feet, by helping to provide housing and healthcare.

 

They said it's the little things about being homeless that makes it harder to bounce back, like not having a comb or a toothbrush.

 

"It's about you could maybe get a job but you don't have the boots to do the job," said Trip Gardner, the medical director of homeless health services at PCHC. "We're going to use this money to help people restore their dignity and let them know that this community wants them."

 

Gardner said Hope House guests are excited not only about the money, but also about feeling welcomed by the community.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...