When Nancy Chadbourne was a child growing up in Bristol, Maine, her mother told her she could expect to be one of three things: a nurse, a teacher, or a secretary. “Boy, you don’t know your daughter,” she thought. From a young age, Nancy craved adventure. Unfortunately, the times weren’t favorable for women seeking adventure.
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At each of our properties, Avesta Housing strives to create an environment that serves the needs of its residents and the neighborhood in which they live. This includes providing activities and amenities that promote physical activity, team bonding and community good will. Two of our communities, Hyacinth Place and Steeple Square in Westbrook, Maine, have
Firmly gripping a handheld square hoe in her right hand, Caroline E. Savage describes what she has planted in her raised garden bed at Motherhouse, a 55-plus Avesta Housing community in Portland. A couple of tomato plants here. Some kale over there. Rosemary, basil, and dill for flavoring. She’s an artist — a photographer by
Voter Registration in Affordable Housing Volunteers from the League of Women Voters, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, and Common Power (a national nonprofit focused on voter justice) visited Avesta Housing properties throughout Maine in September and October to help Avesta residents understand the voting process. Armed with voter registration cards, absentee ballot request forms, and
Avesta is pleased to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Senscio Systems, a Maine-based developer of artificial intelligence solutions for health conditions. We will introduce to residents at select properties Ibis (pronounced eye-biss), a comprehensive solution for at-home health self-management for persons living with complex chronic conditions. Ibis combines healthcare technology and artificial intelligence, coupled with
Having good credit saves people money. It gives them lower interest rates on loans and credit cards and helps make large purchases possible. Many times at Avesta we see people apply for apartments and have absolutely no credit on file. This may be someone who is new to this country or someone who has rented
Earlier this year, Dina Malual and her friends started Sudo, a youth group that represents the South Sudanese female voice in Maine. As Dina explains, We wanted to create a movement which both challenged us intellectually and enabled us to explore our heritage. In the U.S., we are all unified by our South Sudanese heritage.
A new proposal recently floated by the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities would tackle the single most pressing housing problem that we encounter at Avesta: a profound lack of affordable homes for extremely low income people. In January of 2017, 369 households (representing 668 people) came to Avesta seeking an affordable home. Their average
Sitting in Laurie’s new apartment with her and two of her three sisters, it’s hard to believe that this photograph of her was from just last month. In this picture, Laurie Rennae is sitting on the front steps of the small apartment building she had been staying in, waiting for her sisters to pick her
Buses are rumbling down the streets and school bells are ringing. It’s official¦ back to school for kids all over Maine and New Hampshire this week! As they don their backpacks and lace up their sneakers, we wish everyone a great school year filled with fun and learning. Students: expand your knowledge, make new friends, try