2012-02-13 / Word

Homeless shelter gets wired with students’ help


MAINE SCHOOL of Science and Mathematics juniors David Chen of Thomaston and Hayden Satoris of Brunswick examine wiring as they install a new computer lab at Sister Mary O’Donnell Homeless Shelter in Presque Isle. 
STEVE EYLER PHOTO MAINE SCHOOL of Science and Mathematics juniors David Chen of Thomaston and Hayden Satoris of Brunswick examine wiring as they install a new computer lab at Sister Mary O’Donnell Homeless Shelter in Presque Isle. STEVE EYLER PHOTO LIMESTONE — On Jan. 15, students from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) donated their time and expertise to install a computer lab at the Sister Mary O’Donnell Homeless Shelter in Presque Isle.

The computers were contributed by employees of MMG Insurance.

MSSM students who volunteered their time and expertise were David Chen of Thomaston, Ryan Kelly of Mapleton, Thomas Murphy of Rockport, Hayden Satoris of Brunswick, Kineo Wallace of Milo, and Andy Whitman of Holden.

Lisa Green, program manager at the shelter, said the computers will help the facility’s residents search for housing and employment opportunities, complete and print resumes, and stay in touch with family and loved ones.

“We are getting ready to roll out educational classes aimed at helping our residents find gainful employment. The computer lab will play a crucial role in those classes.” Green said. “We cannot thank MSSM enough for all that has been done for our shelter.”

In addition, MSSM students recently helped paint the shelter’s interior and the school donated equipment and cabinetry that it was replacing in its dorm kitchen.

In addition to the computers, MSSM students helped to install game systems, also donated by MMG employees. Green calls these a “bonus.”

“We are excited to have the games because they will provide some much needed entertainment to reduce stress, which leads to a happier shelter overall,” Green said. “Educational games will help children to strengthen reading, writing, and social skills, and hand-eye coordination.”

MSSM Executive Director Luke Shorty applauded the students and their instructor, Cynthia Trapnell, for volunteering in this manner. “These young men should be proud of themselves. I’m always impressed by the amount of time our students spend in the community. Their leadership and dedication to helping those in need will serve them well in life.”

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