Activities at Columbia Street Project
Dr. Stan Moody, President of Columbia Street Project (CSP) and Janet Robbins, owner of North Wind Publishing, announced today a partnership to create the publishing arm of CSP, Columbia Street Press. Its first publication was released on Monday, June 12: Wisdom for Our Sons: Straight Talk from a Street Cop. “Author Curtis Ostrander has broken through an invisible shield in American family life with his plea to restore civility by raising our sons to be thoughtful, sensitive and God-fearing”, says Moody. “He has learned through his experience as a career street cop in upstate NY, dealing with juvenile offenders, that the single most crucial factor in the future success or failure of our sons is the impact of a father. This fits right into the mission of CSP, ‘When faith gets down to business’. Church leaders and Christian parents are encouraged to scour this book for a path forward to responsible family life. Columbia Street Project is an outreach ministry of Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor, ME with a separate 501(c)(3) status. Its focus has been directed toward helping veterans and reentering prisoners to rise above their circumstances. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to support the mission of CSP and the author's non-profit "Dads for a Day" www.dadsforaday.org. Book may be purchased at www.northwindpublishing.com
Expressive Filmmaking workshop
In January 2017, we began a second 6-week Video Production Workshop at our facility to train adults in the production of video documentaries (a collaborative initiative with the University of Maine Master of Fine Arts Program ). We are prospecting for trainees preferably with some past or present experience with the criminal justice system. Applications are available through Tim Rogers, 944-3599, Program Director of our Arts Education Program. No active workshops are planned at this time, but you will be put on a waiting list.
Or click the HERE to download an application.
Here is a sample videos produced by some of the students in the previous classes. Please consider a generous financial gift to keep this program going. See the Donate tab above.
(photo by Tim Rogers)
The Columbia Street Project has entered into an agreement with the United Farmer Veteran's of Maine. Their office is now located within our building at 45 Columbia Street, Bangor. UFV is a veteran non-profit that helps veterans in agriculture farm, develop agri-business, train farmers, lobby for farms, andgive vets a hand-up
Our renovated building at 45 Columbia Street includes a gym on the second floor with basketball court, climbing wall (donated by the Bangor Y) and locker rooms. The first floor is office space available to our partners.
To see photos of the renovations currently in progress, click HERE.
A forum was held June 5, at the Columbia Street Project’s newly renovated facilities for about 60 community leaders and social service providers. The purpose of the Forum (facilitated by Millennia Consulting of Chicago, IL) was to define the mission, structure and sustainability of the Project in preparation for its formal launch in late summer or early fall.
Columbia Street Project is seeking partners who can provide services such as literacy training, job training, entrepreneurship training and life skill development, as well as person-to-person mentoring.
Why you need to be our partner
"Returning to the community from jail or prison is a complex transition for most offenders, as well as for their families and communities. Upon reentering society, former offenders are likely to struggle with substance abuse, lack of adequate education and job skills, limited housing options, and mental health issues."—National Institute of Justice
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