Maine Seacoast Mission Developing Plans to Relocate Headquarters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2017

CONTACT: Scott K Fish, Manager of Marketing & Communications
207-458-7185 or sfish@seacoastmission.org

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Maine Seacoast Mission is developing plans to move its administrative headquarters out of the Colket Center in Bar Harbor. In a letter mailed Monday, July 17, 2017, President Scott Planting outlined reasons for the move to Mission supporters and donors:

Volunteers at work in the Mission's Housing Rehabilitation Program. Courtesy Scott Shaw, Maine Seacoast Mission.
Volunteers at work in the Mission's Housing Rehabilitation Program. Courtesy Scott Shaw, Maine Seacoast Mission.

It is with mixed feelings that I tell you that the Mission plans to move its administrative headquarters out of its beloved Colket Center in Bar Harbor, which was donated in 1972. Its value having appreciated significantly over the years, we will transform this remarkable asset into valuable support for the Mission's programs and services.

The Mission's first "headquarters" in 1905 was a house on Ledgelawn Avenue. Mission founders Alexander and Angus McDonald spent much of their time sailing to and from communities on Maine islands on the sloop Hope. Since then, always with an eye toward excellent asset stewardship, the Mission has made careful changes while honoring its mission through its programs and services.

We are grateful to Ruth and Tristram Colket, whose generosity more than four decades ago has provided an outstanding home for the Mission's staff and activities and who have been unwavering supporters over the years. Ever visionary, Ruth and Tris put the Mission first, and we are deeply grateful, President Planting said in his letter.

By taking thoughtful and bold actions, such as transforming property into financial resources for programs and services for the future, the Maine Seacoast Mission is building on more than a century of service to Maine communities.

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Volunteers at the Mission's Housing Rehabilitation Program. (Courtesy Scott Shaw, Maine Seacoast Mission)

The Maine Seacoast Mission (www.seacoastmission.org), founded in 1905, serves Downeast Maine's outer islands and coastal communities to build healthy communities, strengthen families, and keep children invested in their education and future. It provides critical necessities like food, medical treatment, warm clothing, emergency heating assistance, and essential home repairs, and the educational and social opportunities people need to better their lives. The Mission provides services to the islands via the MV Sunbeam.