A cooperative effort of 8 area churches, the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry supports many initiatives in Franklin County, including the Care and Share Food Closet, the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund, a Housing Assistance Fund, and the Farmington Warming Center.
ECU HEAT - The churches of Franklin County cooperate to provide emergency fuel assistance to families in need by pooling resources to supplement help available from HEAP. This outreach ministry of FAEM provides one 50-gallon fuel delivery per heating season to any household in Franklin County requesting emergency fuel assistance. ECU HEAT is administered by Western Maine Community Action. In the event of a fuel emergency, call WMCA at 1-800-645-9636, Press 0, Monday through Friday, 8:00-12:00 (no holidays). Applications will be processed and a fuel delivery authorized within 48 business hours, subject to the availability of funds.
FAEM also oversees the Care & Share Food Closet serving Farmington and surrounding towns.
The FAEM Housing Assistance Fund provides housing assistance, such as Security Deposits, and rent or back rent assistance. This fund is also administered by WMCA. Call 645-3764, Ext.5104. Dianne Cadrette may authorize one grant for an emergency housing situation; members of that household will not be eligible for more assistance for 5 years. FAEM also operates the Warming Centers each winter at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, St. Joseph's Parish, and Old South Congregational Church, serving a hot meal at noon and providing fellowship from 10-2 every Tuesday and Thursday, January through March. For a Seniors Plus meal reservations call 778-2163 24 hours in advance. Coffee, homemade soup and baked goods are available at no charge. All ages welcome!
The Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund is dependent upon donations from churches and individuals. Donations may be sent to: ECU HEAT, P.O. Box 147, Farmington, ME 04938 For more information, contact: Rev. Susan Crane (778-2163-church, or 897-9466-home) FAEM Coord. for the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund
FAEM/ECU HEAT serves residents of Franklin County in need of emergency fuel assistance.