Cabin in the Woods
Hundreds of Maine Veterans are homeless. These statistics need to change. We have been working tirelessly to find ways to shelter and care for the men and women who have served our country.
We are thrilled to announce our Cabin in the Woods Community. It's the first project of its kind in the state of Maine, and the only program in Maine that will house homeless male and female veterans, as well as their families. Cabin in the Woods is a supportive rural community of 21 cabins providing permanent homes for veterans and their families. The cabins are being built on 11 wooded acres on the grounds of Togus VA Medical Center in Chelsea, Maine and is within walking distance of services.
You can be part of this community in several ways.
If you have already donated, sponsored a bench, or purchased a brick and would like to share your story or the story of the special Veteran in your life we'd love to hear it! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor a teak garden bench. Each cabin will have a bench on their front porch or in their front yard. If you choose, you may design an engraved plaque honoring a loved one, or greeting the Veterans who live in the community. You can download a printable brochure here.
Purchase a brick to be placed at the Cabin in the Woods as part of the community landscape. The bricks are available in two sizes (see below) and may contain text and logos.
Brick Sizes and Specifications:
• 4"X 8" Bricks with artwork: 3 lines; 18 characters or spaces per line (image on right or left side)
• 4"X 8" Bricks, text only: 4 lines max; 18 characters or spaces per line
• 8"X 8" Bricks with artwork: 6 lines; 18 characters or spaces per line (image on top, bottom, left or right)
• 8"x 8" Bricks, text only: 8 lines max, 18 characters or spaces per line
We will be constructing 21 energy-efficient, ADA accessible residential cabins (16 one bedroom and 5 two bedroom), with special attention to maintaining a rustic, wooded, private setting for each. Also on site will be a two bedroom cabin for office and community space.With an emphasis on family reunification and employment, Cabin in the Woods will work with many local, regional, state and federal agencies to meet the needs of veterans and their families.
The $4.2 million development cost of the project will be funded primarily by Maine Housing Tax Credit Allocation. Our work continues with MaineHousing to finalize the timeline and construction documents. We have partnered with the Veterans Administration to secure a 75 year lease on the land and the Home Depot Foundation is generously funding a portion of the cabin construction costs.
We are tremendously excited to be bringing this program to fruition, with so much support along the way.
We have named Langford and Low of Portland, Maine to be our construction manager. Design, drawings and renderings provided by Robert Foster Architects of Portland.
If you are interested in contributing to Cabin in the Woods please contact Michael Coon at 207-373-1140.