In January, reporter Alex Barber spent a day at the Shepherd’s Godparent Home in Bangor profiling a new project the organization had unveiled to help young mothers after their babies are born.

Women were allowed to stay in the godparent home in Bangor until they gave birth but then are asked to find alternative housing. The organization hoped that by starting a transition home called Nikki’s Hope, it could better help women and their babies find a more permanent safe place to live.

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Nikki’s Hope will be a transition home for young mothers after they move from the Shepherd’s Godparent Home.

“We’d like to extend the services we’re giving them and give them parenting support,” said Barbara Ford, director the home. “It’s hard for a young woman on her own to do it on their own. Not many 20 year olds are ready to be a mother. We hope to be able to provide them with that additional support.”

Gabrielle McCann, 21, spoke about her problems as a teenager in her speech at the church. She said she was 16 when she had a falling out with her family and got into drugs and alcohol. She dropped out of high school and got pregnant.

“I was stuck in a situation where I had nowhere to go,” she said.

McCann was homeless, but said homeless shelters weren’t safe for a young, pregnant woman. She turned to the Shepherd’s Godparent Home.

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Natalie Feulner

Natalie Feulner is a journalist and “semi-crunchy” cloth diapering momma to a rambunctious toddler named after a county in California. She drinks too much tea and loves to climb rocks but not at the...