YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston

Community Crisis

Dear Friends and Family of the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston,

As I write this message, the events of last night’s horrific shooting are still unfolding. While we do not know the full extent of this cowardly act, what we do know is heartbreaking. Words cannot even begin to express the sorrow too many of our friends, family members, and loved ones are experiencing at this moment. On behalf of the Y’s Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers, our hearts go out to them, and we will continue to keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers.

Due to the ongoing nature of this situation, all YMCA services, programs, and locations will be closed on Friday, October 27th, Saturday, October 28th, and Sunday, October 29th. All early childhood learning programming, before and after school care, and fitness centers will open and resume programing on Monday, October 30th, at 7 a.m. Fitness classes will resume at noon.

We would also like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our police, medical personnel, first responders, and partner community organizations for their ongoing acts of selflessness and support during this crisis – sometimes it does take a village, and we appreciate all of you!

The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston has been supporting the surrounding communities since February 17, 1868. Please know we are committed to continuing our legacy of standing next to — and supporting those in need — during this time of crisis.

In Service,
Steven Wallace
Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston

Community Resources

For connection to any resources:
211 Maine https://211maine.org/
Call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211

For behavioral health crisis support:
988 Lifeline https://988lifeline.org/
Call or text Maine Crisis Line (988)

For mental health supports and resources:
NAMI Maine https://namimaine.org/helplinemaine/
Helpline Call 1-800-464-5767
Teen Text Support Line 207-515-8398

For mental health peer-to-peer support:
Call Intentional Warmline 1-866-771-9276

To help victims by donating blood:
Red Cross NNE https://www.redcross.org/local/me-nh-vt.html

Maine Municipal Association Employee Assistance Program:

Maine VOAD Counseling and Spiritual Care Resources

United Methodist – Pastor David Arudda

Southern Maine Baptist Convention – Ed Lucas
e.lucas@nebcvt.org 603-504-4955

Tim Brown
tbrown@bcne.net 207-232-3389

American Red Cross
1-800-Red Cross

The Salvation Army – Major David Irwin

Presbyterian Church USA – Associate for Emotional and Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care Services of Maine – Chaplain Lori H. Whittenmore DMin, BCCC (she/her/hers)
www.scsmaine.org 207-699-8991