About Us & Our Mission

The “Something” We Are Doing

We are on a mission to empower young adults aged sixteen to twenty-one experiencing homelessness in Waldo County. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit, and our vision is to one day be able to provide them a safe haven. A place that they can call their home.

teen boy sitting on the floor, thinking of her troubles

But Still I am One has a three-tier Master Plan. The first tier is helping the youth with immediate needs. The second tier is the Host Home Project (learn more about the Host Home Project here.). The third tier is to be able to own or lease a house where we can offer young people a place that they can call home.

But Still I Am One's endeavors are guided by our Board of Directors.

Why we are here:

The number of young adults who are unhoused in Maine is skyrocketing! Their overall number grew at four times the rate of the country as a whole in the last three years.

There are many reasons why young adults are unhoused. Poverty, the opioid epidemic, domestic violence, and sexual orientation are central. Most of these young adults have suffered some type of trauma in their lives, and so they leave their homes because they feel unsafe.

(Photo by Highwaystarz-Photography)

Young adults who are unhoused often don’t fit the stereotypes of adults who are unhoused. While adults panhandle on street medians, camp in the woods, or crowd into emergency shelters, young adults sleep at friends’ homes or couch-surf, stay in a hotel, or live outdoors.

Services we provide:

  • PEX Visa Card Project: $500 prepaid cards for essentials;
  • Driving School Support: up to $600;
  • Rental assistance.

Advocacy and Assistance:

  • supportive case management
  • aid in the emancipation of minors
  • guidance in learning crucial life skills
  • effective response to other requests

While young adults who are unhoused or home insecure are incredibly resilient, they need our help. Without our help, their futures could be very bleak. This is why we want you to be a crucial part of our “something.” Every donation that you make will go directly to our mission.

Meet Our Founder

Life Lessons in Action

When I was a little child, right before Christmas, my mom would sit down with me next to my toy box, and we would go through it, toy by toy, talking about how often I played with them.

If it was a favorite toy, then we would keep it, but if I hadn’t played with it in a long time, and it was still in good shape, we would put it in a box in order to give it to needy children.

This first Life Lesson is why I started “But Still I Am One.”

I believe that everyone can and does make a difference. When I learned in 2002 about the plight that young adults face in Maine, I knew I wanted to help them. However, due to my disability, I wasn't able to start But Still I am One until 2021 when Zoom became a method of communication that everyone was using due to the Pandemic. I am hoping you will choose "to be part of our something" by volunteering or donating to our efforts.