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Congratulations to Miller Square on Harlow for $10,000 gift

Julie Dufour and Lisa Ouellette have much to smile about

Congratulations to Julie Dufour and Lisa Ouellette at Miller Square on Harlow

It was an incredible day when Julie Dufour received the phone call from Kathryn Bernier. Volunteers of America's Miller Square was among six greater Bangor organizations to receive $10,000.00 for stepping in to fill the void created when the Hammond Street Senior Center sadly closed its doors. Pictured in the photo are Julie Dufour (Property Manager), Kathryn Bernier (Executive Director of Hammond Street Center) and Lisa Ouellette (Resident Service Coordinator).

Six organizations were given ten thousand dollars from the Senior Center's remaining assets. "That's the sweet part. Being able to give where it will be used in a good fashion, so I'm excited about that for them. They all needed it," said Kathy Bernier, the executive director of HSSC.

Each of the non-profits focus around the senior community. The organizations include: Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Volunteers of America's Miller Square on Harlow House, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Bangor Historical Society, University Center of Aging and Gateway Seniors without Walls.

Those non-profits took on new members when the center closed. Julie and Lisa went out of their way to welcome the Hammond Street regulars into the community room and programs at Miller Square. "We do community meals, and community activities... this gift will allow us to be able to offer those meals and activities for years to come," said Julie.

Thank you Kathryn Bernier for all of your incredible work and for the generous gifts to continue where you left off. Your compassionate community presence and your organization will be sorely missed.