March 24th, 2005, the day Preble Street and Avesta Housing opened Logan Place and gave safe, permanent homes to 30 chronically homeless Mainers, was the best day of my career. Five years later, we followed up that success with Florence House.
Preble Street couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Avesta to embark on this exciting new phase of our mission. They listened with open ears, and open hearts, to the audacious idea that we could do better for our homeless neighbors than thin mats on the floor of a noisy, overcrowded shelter. Their dedication enabled us to advance our mutual vision of permanent affordable housing from just an idea, a dream, to actual buildings that now house scores of real human beings.