From left, Arnold Lundquist, Bonnie Lundquist, Mary Booher and Dean Booher attend a meeting in Bar Harbor to talk about the role At Home Mount Desert Island might play to help older residents live as independently as possible. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDITH COX

At Home MDI meets

BAR HARBOR — On Dec. 2, a group of Bar Harbor residents gathered at the Maine Sea Coast Mission to attend the first information session on the At Home Mount Desert Island program.

At Home Mount Desert Island, a local program of Washington Hancock Community Agency, is a member-based, volunteer supported program designed to provide older residents with core services, empowering them to continue to live independently in their homes. The program was launched in January 2015, and local volunteers began responding to members’ requests in the communities of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Mount Desert.

Those in attendance expressed enthusiasm for the program to offer services in Bar Harbor. Next steps include more informational sessions, sharing the need for volunteers widely and spreading the word to those in the Bar Harbor community.

Also present at the meeting was Rep. Brian Hubble, (D-Bar Harbor). He and other state legislators are dedicated to working on legislative actions that will address the needs of Maine’s growing population of those over 65.

More informational sessions in Bar Harbor are planned. Contact At Home Mount Desert Island Program Manager Kara Janes at 374-5852 or [email protected]

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