BANGOR — Sandollar Spa and Pool recently purchased a building in downtown Bangor, with plans to relocate its retail operations from Brewer. However, upon discussions with fellow Bangor business owners and witnessing firsthand the challenges faced by the homeless population in the area, Sandollar has recognized the need for action and compassion.  

The company’s decision to purchase the downtown building was initially met with skepticism, as many questioned the feasibility of operating in an area affected by homelessness-related concerns. In the weeks following the acquisition, Sandollar representatives observed the struggles faced by community members and business owners and felt compelled to make a difference.

In an effort to better understand the issue and how they could contribute positively, Sandollar reached out to city representatives and met with Rebecca Kirk, community services manager from the City of Bangor. Kirk provided valuable insights into the city’s efforts to address homelessness, dispelling misconceptions and sharing her own moving experiences. The meeting served to enlighten Sandollar about the challenges faced by individuals and the vital role played by outside services and non-profit organizations in providing assistance.

Sandollar acknowledges the complexity of homelessness, recognizing it as a result of multifaceted social issues, including poverty, lack of affordable housing, and mental health challenges. The company has chosen the path of compassion and empathy, understanding the importance of extending a helping hand to those in need.

Sandollar is taking concrete steps to make a difference in the Bangor community. The company is organizing an event centered around the Festival of Lights Parade on Dec. 2. This year’s parade theme “Create Hope in the World” aligns perfectly with Sandollar’s current mission. 

For the month of November,  Sandollar will collect essential supplies for those in need at their current location in Brewer. They have partnered with the organization Hope for the Homeless but they are also working closely with community members, professionals, volunteers, and non-profit organizations actively engaged in addressing homelessness and recovery.

On Dec. 2 Sandollar will be hosting an in-person event at Sandollar’s future location at 193 Broad Street in downtown Bangor. This event will feature informative discussions on the challenges faced by the homeless population and how individuals can contribute. At the conclusion of the event, Sandollar will be donating a hot tub. In order to enter to win, you must purchase a raffle ticket. All of the proceeds from the raffle tickets will go to Hope for the Homeless. You can buy raffle tickets here.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at the store as well.

Sandollar is inviting community members, especially those who have been affected by homelessness, to join them in this collective effort to bring awareness to the homelessness and mental health crisis in Bangor. The event will provide an opportunity to donate supplies or participate in a raffle to win a hot tub with proceeds benefiting the local Bangor non-profit, Hope for the Homeless.

As part of the event, Sandollar will participate in the Festival of Lights Parade, walking through downtown to spread the message of hope and unity. Groups or organizations interested in participating in the Parade and walking with Sandollar can contact Sandollar for details.

Sandollar firmly believes that it is the collective responsibility of the community to address homelessness, and their commitment to creating hope in the world is a testament to their dedication to this cause. The company calls upon the community to stand together and work towards meaningful solutions for those in need.

If you have a group or organization that would like to participate, please email Danielle Simons at

Learn more & buy raffle tickets online – 

Sandollar Spa And Pool opened its doors in 1985, and was run by its founders Scott and Sally Simons until 2019. In 2019 the business was sold to Jeff and Danielle Simons, Scott’s brother and sister-in-law. Family has always been important to us at Sandollar Spa And Pool, and we do our best to make our customers feel as if they are a part of our little family. Whether you’re coming in to purchase a pool or spa, getting a free water analysis, or simply dropping by to say hello, our staff will always greet you with a smiling face and warm greetings.