Activities at Columbia Street Project
On October 11, we will begin a 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”. Or click the HERE to download an application. See "Columbia Street Press" for full press release with additional information.
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. Contact Rev. Ed. Merrill if you are interesting in becoming a partner, 299-0962. Organizations currently partnering with CSP or it's parent Columbia Street Baptist Church include BangorY After-School Recreation Program, Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS), Community Care, OHI, Special Olympics, Maine Prison Chaplaincy Corps, CPPC (Community Partnerships for Protecting Children),Adopt-a-Block Bangor, North Wind Publishing,
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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