The Landing Place

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Where else can kids go around here to hang out and eat food and get free stuff, like clothes and deodorant... it’s pretty cool if you think about it. People just helping each other out and having a chill time together.
— 16-year-old youth participant

Located in the heart of downtown Rockland, The Landing Place is our comprehensive youth program supporting highly resilient and often marginalized youth living in Midcoast Maine. Using trauma-informed, strength-based, and restorative practices, The Landing Place aims to break cycles of poverty by compassionately supporting local youth who are at high-risk of experiencing different types of adversity, such as unstable housing, food insecurity, insufficient access to resources and supplies, personal conflicts, and other barriers that make it difficult for youth to realize personal aspirations.

Since opening our doors to local youth in 2017, The Landing Place has emerged as a hub for inspired collaboration and become known as a steady presence not only for youth and families seeking acceptance and support, but also for community members who are interested in giving back.

Read more about our services below:


Youth Center

The Landing Place Youth Center is a welcoming, non-judgmental, and reliable safe haven where local youth can respectfully engage in activities, spend time with friends, relax, learn new skills, receive compassionate mentorship from trained staff, and access free services, including fun activities, community-based resources, fun and healthy snacks, warm suppers, shower and laundry facilities, computers, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene products, and other basic supplies.

We welcome youth of all ages to drop by for a visit:

      • School Year Schedule (September to June): Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-6:00 pm, with warm supper served at 5pm

      • Summer Schedule (July & August): Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-6:00 pm, with lunch at 12 noon and warm supper served at 5 pm

 

Community Outreach

Staff at The Landing Place regularly engage with community stakeholders throughout Midcoast Maine, with particular emphasis on local school districts, social service agencies, and business owners. Our team goes above and beyond to connect with local youth and families who are in need of support and assist them with the pursuit of various needs. We also attend and host community-based trainings as part of our commitment to providing relevant, innovative, and comprehensive services for high-risk youth and families living in Midcoast Maine.

 

Case Management for Youth

Our experienced, compassionate case managers, trained in trauma-informed practices, work intensively with high-risk individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to determine and prioritize needs, identify personal goals, develop plans of care, and create attainable action plans. Read more about KCHC’s comprehensive case management approach to client care.

 

Shelter Solutions for Youth

A key objective of The Landing Place is to identify shelter solutions for high-risk youth. Two pilot programs are currently in development:

Host Home Program: The Host Home Program will launch in Fall 2019, offering temporary shelter solutions for high-risk youth, ages 11 to 21 who are experiencing unstable living situations. The Host Home Program is designed to provide local youth a safe and healthy housing alternative to otherwise difficult or unsafe situations by placing youth with a welcoming host home. This allows youth to remain rooted within the communities that they identify with as their own, maintaining positive connections to school, friends, and other natural supports. The hosts, youth, and the legal guardian(s) of participating youth (if under the age of 18) are required to complete an application and training process, and to adhere to the conditions of a customized Host Home Plan agreement.

Independent Living Placements: The Landing Place is currently renovating four efficiency studios adjacent to our center in Rockland, Maine, with the goal to open in Summer of 2020. These studios will be reserved for youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are receiving case management services and are in urgent need of safe, reliable, and affordable housing. In order to be considered for placement, youth must agree to continue working on a self-driven plan of care and transition goals while in residence.

If you are interested in learning more about Shelter Solutions, please contact Ben Cooke at bcooke@thelandingplaceme.org


How To Help

Please consider becoming a volunteer or making a donation to support our work at The Landing Place. If you or a young person you know needs our services, please call us at (207) 466-9285 or email info@thelandingplaceme.org.