FC: C | “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt | N
1: Dedicated to CharlieNewton for 27 years of working hard at work worth doing.
2: D | 1987 | . | On Jan. 5, 1987, the same year that Penquis celebrated its 20th Anniversary, Charles Newton became the new Chief Executive Officer of Penquis. Penquis is a community of people who have joined in a common mission to assist individuals and families in preventing, reducing, or eliminating poverty in their lives and, through partnerships, to engage the community in addressing economic and social needs.
3: Penquis "Fully dedicated to the Penquis mission and its excellent reputation in the community, Charlie has led Penquis to being recognized as a leader in the delivery of quality, effective, and cost efficient social services for Maine’s families,” said Tom Lizotte, Chairperson, Penquis Board of Directors. During his tenure, Penquis established MaineStream Finance, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI); created the Penquis Law Project to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence; built 286 units of elderly and family housing in a dozen communities; merged with the Coastal Community Action Program; and, more recently, won its bid to serve as a broker for MaineCare non-emergency medical transportation. 27 years later, Charlie is the longest serving CEO in the history of the organization. Today, Penquis has a staff of 330 and an annual budget of $29.4 million.
4: Good times come and go but memories will last forever......
5: "The best thing about memories is making them."
7: “Mr. Newton, thank you for the years of patience, tolerance, forward thinking, support of employee education, trust in your staff, and compassion for the clients of Penquis. One of my most memorable times was our first retreat to that 'funky' little place in Castine, with great food! Your description of 'funky' was totally on target, and we all agreed it was just what we needed. May your years of retirement be filled with good health, and lots of time for painting and family.” Linda Noe | “It's hard for me to put into words what Charlie has meant to Penquis and to me as his employee. He has been very easy to talk to and always a step ahead of everyone in his thinking of how to improve the agency. Charlie is always a gentleman and aware of the needs in the community. Charlie is a good friend as well as a great boss. Good luck to you and Ellen. Sure am glad you decided to come to our County!” Di Giles
9: "My message to you is I'm going to continue to fight for the program," Snowe told the group. "I was there when LiHEAP was created in 1979 with Tip O'Neill, but I didn't think I'd be in this fight for the next 30 years. I would've thought Congress would have caught on by now as to the value of this program." | Senator Olympia Snowe
10: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams
11: Senator Susan Collins
12: Harvest Housewarming Dinner to support the Good Neighbor Fund | Congressman Michaud offers support for the Foster Grandparent Program | Visiting with seniors, residents and staff at Stearns Assisted Living in Millinocket
14: “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Ronald Reagan
17: Thank you for.... Taking responsibility of imperfections within a Board Packet, when I had made the mistake. Supporting the existence of family life outside of Penquis. Responding to my rambling emails with simple words. okay, sure, yes, thanks. Bringing an awareness to the importance of the Executive Secretary position by having me compete with external candidates. Appreciating my unique sense of humor by laughing with, and at me. Recognizing my strengths and forgiving my weakness. Having an open door. Offering praise in public and showing appreciation of a job well done. Helping me appear confident when I was not. Priscilla Dorman
19: Congratulations, Charlie, on your long and impressive career in the non-profit community action world. You have certainly excelled and have led Penquis with compassion, integrity, and honesty. Your steady vision has led Penquis to its premier position in non-profit service delivery to the citizens of Maine. It has been a privilege to call you a friend for close to thirty years and I look forward to continuing our friendship in the years ahead. And I sincerely thank you for the opportunity you extended to me to work at Penquis. It has certainly been an honor and a privilege to work with you. I wish you and Ellen all the best as you embark on your retirement adventure. I’ll grab the Jameson; you hoist the Gin & Tonic! Cheers! Brian
20: Charlie, Thank you for your commitment to Penquis and especially for your support of me, the fiscal functions of the agency and staff through the years. Your leadership has given us direction and as a mentor you have given us inspiration to be the best we can be. Congratulations on your retirement! You will be missed. Denice | Central Accounting
22: "Teamwork is the secret that make common people achieve uncommon result.” Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha | TEAMWORK
23: The nice thing about teamwork is you always have others on your side | Corporate Services Retreats
24: Spirit Week.....
28: Project Ride
29: Charlie, When I was asked to contribute something to your “memory book, I thought of all the traditional things I might say such as “You were a great leader and mentor, “Charlie, I thoroughly enjoyed the many years that I worked for and with you,” or “You were fair and reasonable.” These things are all true but I wanted to write about a lesson I learned from you very early on which had a lasting impact on how I interacted with you and others throughout the remainder of my career. You had probably been the Executive Director for two or three years and Project Ride had grown from a half-time to full-time program including providing MaineCare transportation. I felt it was time for me to receive recognition for this with a promotion from Project Manager to Program Director. You were passing by my office one day and on the spur of the moment, I rushed out into the hall and asked to speak to you. We chatted for just a minute when I launched into my pitch about Project Ride having grown and asked if you would consider recognizing it as a program which of course would then lead to my promotion. Your response sat me back on my heels. You asked “When is a project not a project?” I didn’t know how to respond. I was at a loss for words. The conversation ended and I went back into my office feeling absolutely furious with you. I may have even muttered some choice words under my breath. But as I thought about our interaction, I realized I should be upset with myself. I had gone to you extremely ill prepared to “sell” my position. I made up my mind to approach you again in a few days only this time I would be well prepared and able to tell you when a project was not a project and why. The rest is history, I got that promotion and the recognition I deserved but most of all I never forgot the lesson you taught me. In the following years, I tried never to approach you with an idea for change unless I was fully prepared to explain my position. I’m sure I slipped occasionally but for the most part I found this worked well. You always listened—we didn’t always agree but you listened. I have applied this lesson many times since then so thank you! Best wishes to you and Ellen for a happy and active retirement. I’m betting you won’t be just sitting on the porch. Sharon Eaton | Dear Charlie, When I was asked to contribute something to your memory book, I thought of all the traditional things I might say such as “You are a great leader and mentor, I thoroughly enjoyed the many years that I worked for and with you, and you were fair and reasonable.” These things are all true, but I wanted to write about a lesson I learned from you very early on which had a lasting impact on how I interacted with you and others throughout the remainder of my career. You had probably been the Executive Director for two or three years and Project Ride had grown from a half-time to full-time program including providing MaineCare transportation. I felt it was time for me to receive recognition for this with a promotion from Project Manager to Program Director. You were passing by and we chatted for just a minute when I launched into my pitch about Project Ride having grown and asked if you would consider recognizing it as a program which of course would then lead to my promotion. Your response sat me back on my heels. You asked, "When is a project not a project?” I didn’t know how to respond. I was at a loss for words. The conversation ended and I went back into my office feeling absolutely furious with you. I may have even muttered some choice words under my breath. But as I thought about our interaction, I realized I should be upset with myself. I had gone to you extremely ill prepared to “sell” my position. I made up my mind to approach you again in a few days only this time I would be well prepared and able to tell you when a project was not a project and why. The rest is history, I got that promotion and the recognition I deserved, but most of all I never forgot the lesson you taught me. In the following years, I tried never to approach you with an idea for change unless I was fully prepared to explain my position. I’m sure I slipped occasionally but for the most part I found this worked well. You always listened; we didn’t always agree, but you listened. I have applied this lesson many times since then so thank you! Best wishes to you and Ellen for a happy and active retirement. I’m betting you won’t be just sitting on the porch. Sharon Eaton
30: Dear Charlie, I have learned many things from you over the years. You always have a way of helping me see other points of view and have given me new and different ways of thinking of things and broadened my horizons. I admire your out of the box thinking and insight. You are one of the few people who can get me to try new things, from eating oysters to taking a ride in the gondola at Sugarloaf. Thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance to grow personally and professionally. You have trusted me to do my job and make many decisions for my department, but your door has always been open when I needed guidance. On behalf of my staff and volunteers I thank you for your outstanding support and wish you the best in the next chapter of your life. Love, Marcia Larkin | Lynx Mobility Services
31: Penquis CAP Changes Name Of Project Ride June 23, 2001, Bangor - The Penquis Community Action Program transportation service, formerly called Project Ride, will be known as The Lynx.
32: Lynx volunteer drivers lauded for their efforts By JONI AVERILL, Special to the BDN November, 14, 2005 –Bangor, ME- Last month, Penquis CAP Lynx volunteer drivers were honored for their willingness to put their free time to good use by providing those without transportation a ride to doctors’ appointments, dialysis, cancer treatments, counseling and many more services necessary to maintain health and life. I was very impressed with the information provided by Lynx volunteer coordinator Beverly Larochelle, who said that last year, 90 Lynx drivers donated more than 100,000 hours, enabling 4,424 residents of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties to keep those lifesaving appointments. Those are very impressive numbers, but even more amazing to me is the sheer magnitude of the transportation needs that exist in our area. If you can help your neighbors keep these all-important appointments and would like to know more about becoming a Lynx volunteer driver, call 973-3627.
33: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank
34: The Foster Grandparent Program
36: Charlie, You came and I was never bored again. Thank you. You convinced me my lights WERE ON. We are honored by your commitment, not only to the Penquis mission but to your staff. You accepted us for who we are and made us believe that all our quirks are valued! I will try not to cry but I will not be successful. Enjoy your extra time with Ellen, your painting and your beautiful family! Brian and I WILL be ready for St. Marten in 2015! Shannon
37: It has been a privilege to work under Charlie’s leadership. I am convinced there is no other leader that is as committed to providing opportunities for employees to experience professional growth as Charlie is. Charlie’s trust in the skills and abilities of Penquis employees, and his appreciation for their dedication to the Penquis mission and the clients served is the foundation of the high quality services provided. It’s also the foundation for employees to achieve success and fulfillment in their careers. I’m personally thankful for the amazing opportunities I’ve had at Penquis under Charlie’s leadership and the encouragement and support I received along the way. Cheri Snow | Family Enrichment Services
38: Famed physician Brazelton plans Bangor speeches By Michael O'D. Moore, BDN Staff April 20, 2002 Bangor, ME-Brazelton, a clinical professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital in Boston, will speak to parents Wednesday, May 8, at the Maine Center for the Arts. Brazelton’s speeches are part of a national seminar series sponsored by a variety of groups including Penquis CAP, Maine’s Department of Human Services, the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy at the University of Maine, the University of Maine and Boise Cascade Office Products. | "Penquis had the absolute privilege of welcoming Dr. Berry Brazelton and his team to Orono, Maine on two separate occasions. They packed the house both times delivering their expertise on infants, children and families. On his second visit we were joined for a private luncheon, with the Children’s Cabinet, led by the first lady, Karen Baldacci. Dr. Brazelton’s landmark Touchpoints Training began in Maine at Penquis and is now a part of the core training for all home visitors in Maine Families." Shannon Bonsey
40: Penquis chosen to operate EAAA assisted living sites Sept. 11, 2009 AUGUSTA, Maine — Penquis Community Action Program Inc., or Penquis, has been selected to provide affordable assisted living services beginning Oct. 1 to 90 residents formerly cared for by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. They are housed at Freeses in Bangor, Merry Gardens in Camden and Stearns in Millinocket “We are pleased and honored to have been selected for this important work,” said Penquis Executive Director Charles Newton. “We look forward to serving the residents of Freeses, Merry Gardens and Stearns, and continuing the tradition of quality care and services at these outstanding facilities.” “I am pleased with the proposal that Penquis delivered and that the organization is ready and willing to assume services Oct. 1,” Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Brenda Harvey said. “The residents of these three facilities will remain in their homes and continue to receive the same quality services. There should not be any interruption of services.”
41: "At age 88 I was afraid I was going to be without a place to live. Thank you Penquis for saving the place I call home. I will sleep easy tonight." Merry Gardens Resident
42: Family Planning Program /Penquis Health Services In the 70’s Family Planning began in Maine at Penquis in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. From riding on snowmobiles to find houses with diapers on the clothes lines to talk to women about birth control, to serving as many as 8,000 women a year in our 6 clinics, to serving women and teens, we went wherever we could find women and men who were in need of low and no-cost services. Penquis Family Planning Program, later called Penquis Health Services, offered confidential reproductive health care to men and woman. We offered our services in our clinics and provided education is schools, colleges and homeless shelters. Shannon Bonsey While Penquis had been providing family planning services for the past 47 years, in July 2013, the Maine Family Planning Association decided to oversee the services across the state. Department Director for Family Enrichment Services at Penquis, Cheri Snow, said “All of the staff that is currently working for Penquis in the clinic will be making the transition to the Family Planning Association." "It’s continued care and the same great people, just a different location,” said Priscilla Perry, Clinic Manager Nurse Practitioner. WABI, News Interview, June 28, 2013
44: Penquis Journey House - Dexter | Penquis... Supporting the Journey... | Parents Are Teachers Too
46: Rape Response Services, Inc. | Heal... | Grow... | Thrive... | Rape Response Services became a subsidiary of Penquis in 2008. Charlie’s commitment to ensuring uninterrupted, high quality services for victims/survivors in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties made the relationship between RRS and Penquis not only possible but successful. I firmly believe that the relationship between sexual assault support services and the other services provided at Penquis has enabled staff to provide the victims/survivors we serve with effective referrals and connections to much needed resources in a way that never would have happened without the relationship between the two agencies. Tamar Mathieu
47: The Law Project was launched in 1995 as a result of Charlie’s creativity and commitment to access to justice for everyone. The Law Project is still here today, providing representation to individuals who otherwise would not have access to civil legal assistance and training many attorneys who are committed to the public interest. As a result of the expertise developed within the Law Project regarding issues of interpersonal violence, Penquis has further expanded its programs to include Transitional Housing and the Piscataquis Safe Havens Center, the first of its kind in Maine. | "I am honored to have been able to work under Charlie’s leadership. I am always amazed by his ability to stay true to the mission of Penquis while having the creativity and foresight to add many new programs and services that expand the definition of what a community action agency might traditionally provide." Tamar Mathieu | Countless individuals, children and families live safer lives because of Charlie and the work we do.
48: Rape Response Services Annual Auction
51: Charlie, you have been a wonderful support for our department. While our team provided the early childhood expertise, we relied upon you to support us by making Penquis a great place in which to work. Having a strong infrastructure allowed our early childhood team to devote their focus to what they do best, serving children and families. The high standards that you have expected across every department have assured that Penquis’ reputation has stayed top notch. That status has opened many doors leading to impressive partnerships within our local communities. Agencies, and the people within them, like to partner with those who are successful. Thank you for demanding it and the recognition you have extended to us for maintaining our high quality programming. During your tenure Child Development has witnessed significant expansion with relatively few years of program downsizing. We served only 256 Head Start children when you first arrived at Penquis and now have nearly tripled that number in 2014. What a great journey we have had together! Your leadership style has been quiet, thoughtful and dependably steady. You have witnessed our funding levels ebb and flow over the years and have offered encouragement to see us through the toughest of times and celebrated with us when great accomplishments have been achieved. Your smile was always as big as ours when prestigious awards were earned over the years. Federal Reviews with 100% compliance, National and State recognition for achieving the highest rating status for early childhood programming, and, on the local level, developing meaningful community partnerships that allowed us to serve children in “state of art”, multi-million dollar child care facilities. The child development staff wish you the very best in your retirement and if you ever get bored and need a break from your daily retirement routines, please come and visit one of our centers; those little faces will be guaranteed to put a big smile on your face! Jean Bridges | Child Development
52: "The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play." Arnold Tonybee | Head Start Early Beginnings | In 1964, the Federal Government created a panel of child development experts to design a program to help communities overcome the barriers of young children living in poverty. The findings of that panel became the blueprint for Project Head Start. The program was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. | Ken Cole
53: PLAYING | LEARNING | GROWING
56: Partnerships | 1994 - Job Corps requested to meet with us to discuss their planned renovations on their newly acquired campus on Union Street 2005 – Established a partnership with Eastern Maine Community College to operate their lab school in their state of the art facility. | 2000 - Davis Road Center (Bangor Housing Authority - a long term relationship with them since the 70’s) moved from the renovated apartments to the Elsie Coffey Child Development Center. | 2007 – Total renovation of the Venture Way Center in Bangor through a Federal grant of nearly $200,000 and matching funds of $100,000 from the City of Bangor. Truly transformed a building that we were having to vacate due to failing building systems. The construction literally took it from a format that felt like a “maze” to a well designed layout to support our work with young children and their families.
57: 2014 – Brewer Community Center and Jean Lyford Child Development Center – A formal partnership was developed between Penquis and Brewer Housing Authority so that quality child care services were made available to Brewer Housing Authority residents as well the local community in a new, state of the art adult education center and community center. With half of the building dedicated to adult education and the other half of the building dedicated to quality child care services, this partnership has provided phenomenal new opportunities for the Brewer community. 1996 – Ground breaking for the new addition on the Howland Methodist Church dedicated to Head Start. This literally moved us up and out of the dark, dank basement of the church into one of our most spacious and welcoming centers. Truly a community project with many of the parishioners contributing to this wonderful, small town center.
58: Dear Charlie, As you move on to a new chapter in your life, I hope you reflect back upon your time spent working at Penquis with the fondest of memories. You did not create Penquis in the beginning, but you have made Penquis what it is. You should feel good about building a company up that was on the brink of disaster and making it into what it is today. It is truly amazing. You are a fine example of what a leader should be. You have always treated people with kindness and respect. Employees love that you know who they are and care about them. I want to thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to grow my career here at Penquis. Under your leadership and with your encouragement I have learned much and have become a stronger person. I am sorry to see you leave, but remember during our lifetime when someone thinks of Penquis you will always come to mind. Along with Housing & Energy Services staff I would like to wish you all the best in your retirement. Jennifer Giosia | Housing and Energy Services
60: Penquis Makes News in the New York Times ...... Federal Cuts Give Maine a Chill as Winter Approaches November 27, 2011 BANGOR, Me. — President Obama has proposed sharply cutting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Maine is at this point expecting less than half of the $55.6 million that it received last winter, even as more people are applying. “We’ll survive,” said Ms. Hodges, who is 49 and works as an accountant and a sorter at a recycling center. We can put a blanket up to separate off the living room and just sleep in there. But those who don’t have jobs, who are disabled or whatever, I don’t know how they’re going to make it.” Mr. King owns a Bangor radio station, WZON AM 620 and 103.1 FM The Pulse, where one of the hosts lived in and broadcast from a chilly hut last week to raise awareness about the loss of federal money and, hopefully, to raise $70,000 for heating oil assistance. Mr. King, a native Mainer who lived in a trailer as a young man, has said he and his wife, Tabitha, will match up to that amount. | At Penquis, a nonprofit agency in Bangor where people can apply for federal heating aid, more than 9,000 households have done so since August, said Melanie Hurlburt, a division manager there. The agency is booked solid into January for appointments to apply for heating assistance, she said, but this year’s average benefit of $332 will buy only 100 gallons of fuel. The Maine Energy Marketers Association, which represents the state’s heating oil dealers, estimates that an average household uses about 850 gallons a year. “Clients are calling me back when they get the benefit and saying, ‘What am I going to do?’” Ms. Hurlburt said. “I hear a lot of reports about what temperature they plan to keep their homes at, and I’m amazed — you know, 50 degrees. You’re barely above keeping your pipes from freezing.” In Bangor, the average low in January is seven degrees. | Radio personality Pat Lamarche inside the Hobbit Hole outside of WZON, Stephen King's radio station, for one week to raise money to help keep her neighbors warm.
61: Home Repair Program | Before | After
62: Charlie, You created the position of Grant Writer in 2000, almost exactly halfway through your tenure as CEO. By then, the corporate culture was firmly established. The drive to do more, do better and be better was as clear then as it is today. Just as evident was the source of that ambition and energy: a strong belief in and commitment to the mission that was shared by all staff. It was – and is – an amazing work environment, something that is quite rare and for which I have always been appreciative. They say that people make the place. You made Penquis what it is, and the organization, in turn, reflects your character and leadership. It is, as you are, highly respected, recognized for being knowledgeable, capable and innovative. More importantly, it is an “honest” reputation, one that is built on the respect and support of others and earned through hard work, good judgment and the simple belief in doing the right thing. You never stopped challenging the status quo, which meant we weren’t allowed to either. Your vacations were a source of some trepidation, as we all wondered what new inspiration would strike. But, we all knew that we owed you a debt of gratitude for constantly pushing the envelope. Where many workplaces have little tolerance for new ideas, risk or failure, you not only found value in but relished these opportunities, recognizing them as essential to our professional growth and to Penquis’ success. Undoubtedly, in the months ahead, we will all wonder “Who Moved My Cheese?” but we will persevere, because you have prepared us well. I thank you for the opportunity you have given me, and hope you realize the profound impact you have had on your staff and the thousands upon thousands of people served through Penquis throughout the years. I hope you enjoy perusing years past and look forward to what the future will bring. The canvas awaits! Janeen | You gave us freedom in our work. With your blessing, one position became two, and Resource Development was born. Our small team proudly serves Penquis and its departments, helping to sustain and expand programs, coordinating fundraising drives for school supplies, toys and heating assistance, creating and enhancing outreach through public relations, and fostering community collaboration. | Resource Development
64: KM | Back to School
66: Mother's Day Road Race, Rockland
67: Thank you for your many years of supporting this program. You saw to it that every child participating in the program had presents on Christmas morning!
68: Housing Development Charlie, I hope the words and photos contained in this book promote good memories for you as you head into retirement. It would be my wish that you sit down every now and then, in the future, and give good contemplation to what is contained in this book - twenty-seven years of your life successfully devoted to the service of those less fortunate than ourselves. Further, I hope these imminent reflections bring to you a sense of warmth and comfort that your years at Penquis were as good for you as they were for us. Having had the pleasure of your supervision and friendship for the entire twenty-seven years, I am surely luckier than most and will be forever grateful for the positive impact you have had on both my personal and professional life. When you first arrived in 1987, no challenge seemed too great. I watched you take over an agency that was suffering the Weatherization indignity and a CAP loosely footed on less than stellar financial ground. You had nowhere to go but up, and up you went. I was fortunate to be part of your growing Penquis into the premier CAP in the state of Maine. I remember some of the phases you guided us through as Penquis began to take on your identity: the Harvard Business Review," Strategic Perspectives in Non profit Management" phase, the Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right, leadership is doing right things" phase, the push to enter the tech information age phase (though your personal participation was somewhat subdued), and the infamous management meetings held at 3:30 P.M on Friday afternoon phase. And, the Granddaddy phase of them all, when presenting an annual budget to the Board, ceasing to deliver the budget of every individual program - there were simply too many to report and not remain past midnight. This phase, all by itself, clearly demonstrates the breadth of services to which you propelled Penquis. Personally, I was always very impressed how accurately and knowledgeably you presented each program without prompt.
69: Volumes can be written on your expansion of Penquis, but near and dear to me are your efforts in the promotion of housing and extending me the opportunity to try and meet the shelter needs of our low income population. You were a good housing leader because you were easy to follow. You granted me good tools, instilled confidence, gave a discerning ear, and the opportunity to do good deeds. Most of all, you granted me liberty - an unfettered freedom to meet your expectations. Your disallowance for the dreaded status quo shifted our housing endeavors from the traditional to areas not evident in the majority of CAPs in Maine. Because of your vision, Penquis was the first CAP to receive its Supervised Lender's License which led to MaineStream Finance, the first CAP to create a CDFI. Penquis was the first CAP to be designated a CHODO which led to our affordable housing rental development activities and three housing subsidiaries, again rivaled by no other CAP in Maine. I hope the accompanying project renderings and open house photos kindle worthy feelings and pride in the good you have done. Since day one you have promoted that we all have fun in our work. Please take this principle with you into your retirement. By some twist of unfair fate, you are retiring before me - after all, I am your elder by six months. I have enjoyed growing old with you Charlie Newton and request that you maintain your teaching role by letting me know how to adjust and enjoy being retired when my turn arrives. I will miss you more than I can express. Steve
70: Lakeview Senior Housing - Lincoln
71: Straw Way Senior Housing - Ellsworth
73: Chamberlain Place Senior Housing - Brewer
74: Dear Charlie, We thank you for your vision and leadership. MSF is successful because you believe in financial equity for all. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of MaineStream! The MaineStream Finance Team | MaineStream Finance
76: Our Commitment We will continue your Legacy, Charlie. I am committed to MSF’s growth & success. Dana will continue to lead the way with new mortgage loans. Our Microenterprise Consultants, Jim and Ken, will continue to challenge businesses to achieve success with business and marketing plans. Our foreclosure prevention specialist and home buyer educator, Heather, will continue to help homeowners achieve dreams of owning homes and keeping them. Matt & Denise, our AmeriCorps volunteers and our newest additions, will continue to motivate... Entrepreneurs!
77: Our Growth 14 years old and growing, MSF's primary service area is 4 central Maine counties with clients in 10 of Maine’s 16 counties 3 year loan growth rate: +25% 400 homeowners and 350 micro businesses served annually $4 million in loans outstanding 150 active borrowers Significant support from six of our local banks through referrals, grants and donations. MaineStream Finance has received substantial funding from the CDFI Fund, including two $600,000 grants awarded in 2012 and 2013. | Proud New Business Owners Mother/Daughter Team, an Accounting Firm. | Proud new home owner for her family of 6
78: "You can always count that when you pass Charlie in the hall ways of Penquis he will greet you and know your name. He is very approachable with an open door. Heather Massow, MSF Housing Counselor & Educator | "They say all of us are expendable to companies and organizations, but I say that Charlie is irreplaceable! People will come and go, but I can confidently say there will never be another Charlie!" Dana Ward, MSF Loan Officer | "Charlie has that rare ability in a 'boss' to listen, to challenge and to motivate. He constantly believes in you. Thank you, Charlie, for 4 great years of working together!" Jayne Crosby Giles, MSF CEO | Appreciations and Impact
79: The Penquis Transportation Brokerage Transportation Brokerage, as the most recent addition to Penquis’ family, would not be the success it is today if not for the wisdom and foresight of Charlie Newton. There is an old saying that says: “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation”. The ability to prepare adequately for what the future holds is a defining attribute of vision. Under Charlie’s capable leadership, Penquis made the investments it needed to make to be well situated for success many years later. There was no way to see what specifically would come our way but Charlie knew that embracing technology and building Penquis’ capacity would provide lasting benefit and distance Penquis from the others who serve comparable missions. Today, this brokerage provides revenue to the agency to do the work we are called to do for the benefit of our region. None, not even a single other CAP agency, had prepared for the future the way Penquis had and the recent developments attest to these facts. This is but one example of Charlie’s rare combination of vision, humility and dedication. Look around you and you will see so many others. The future will be brighter for so many of our neighbors because of the quiet contributions Charlie Newton has made to the community all of these years. Steven Richard
80: “After serving for a decade on the Penquis Board of Directors, the past three years as Board Chair, I can honestly say that I have never experienced a single instance where there has been even the slightest bit of friction between myself and Charlie Newton. Maintaining a strong CEO/Board Chair working relationship, a relationship with open communication, mutual respect and trust, is a key to the success of any nonprofit organization. That's been easy to accomplish with Charlie, because he has at all times been a gentleman: honest, genuine, forgiving and polite. These are all very human qualities, and they have served Penquis well. Board members have given much thought in recent months to the characteristics we seek in Charlie's successor as Penquis CEO. As part of the recruitment process, we made a list of the crucial leadership traits and skills desired for the position, and much of that list was predictable: social-service experience, financial management acumen, non-profit experience. Yet other items on the "ideal candidate" list -- visionary, supportive, clear focus, collaborative, mission-driven, experienced and comfortable dealing with politicians, showing empathy for the clientele served by Penquis -- sound a lot like someone we already know. Taken together, they form a pretty fair approximation of Charlie. It is high praise for Charlie that after 27 years of his leadership, the Penquis Board would be quite satisfied to select a new CEO who is much like the current CEO (although maybe a little younger and more computer savvy). That's understandable, because once you become accustomed to working with a true gentlemen, it is hard to accept anything less.” Tom Lizotte, Board Chair | From the Board of Directors
82: The Maine Community Action Association (MCAA) is dedicated to supporting and advocating for Community Action Agencies which help empower low income people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. A remarkable network of 10 Community Action Agencies (CAPs) stretch statewide and is the heart of Maine’s constant and unwavering efforts to address the causes and conditions of poverty.
83: The Promise of Community Action Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. | War on Poverty, 1964 In 1964, The Great Society, as envisioned by President Lyndon Johnson, was a sweeping plan to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of their circumstances. In August of that same year, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Johnson creating the nationwide Community Action Network.
87: Throughout the years you have guided not only Penquis, but also your family, helping both to grow and thrive.
88: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams
90: "Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future." -Gail Lumet Buckley
91: “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been." Henry Kissinger