TNLH Expands Services for Homeless Youth in Aroostook County
PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. (TNLH) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a
grant to begin a Transitional Living Program for homeless youth ages 16-21. This program will be located on
14 Main Street, Mars Hill, Maine, next to The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. Safe Harbor Shelter.
Because of the funding The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. has received, this organization now has the opportunity
to be able to lengthen the amount of time that youth can stay and receive shelter and support services. The
Transitional Living Program will focus on helping youth gain education, employment, and skills needed for
independent living. Youth will gain access to homeless youth services at The Northern Lighthouse, Inc., as well
as other community resources, and will be connected to a strong network of support. The Transitional Living
Program will provide a solution to the gap of needed services for homeless youth in Aroostook County and will
help them make successful transitions into adulthood.
“We are very excited to expand our ability to support the youth of Aroostook County who may be at risk of
being homeless or who are experiencing homelessness currently. By adding this Transitional Living Program,
we will be able to provide youth with a long-term supported housing option which will help prepare them for
living on their own as an adult” stated Blake Hatt, Chief Operations Officer at TNLH.
The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. plans to open its Transitional Living Program on January 3, 2023. This new
program will complement existing TNLH services for homeless youth and will expand the reach of The
Northern Lighthouse. TNLH will be able to offer access to shelter and support not only to youth ages 10-17
through its Safe Harbor Shelter, but also to youth above this age range as well by providing a program
specifically designed for teens who are transitioning into adulthood.
TNLH is excited about this new opportunity to help end youth homelessness in Aroostook County and
throughout Maine. For more information about TNLH services, call (207) 540-1522 or visit their website at
The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. provides outpatient therapy and case management for children, families, and adults, as
well as community skill building and intensive residential support services for youth and young adults ages 8 to 21.
Established in 2001, we provide exceptional care for adults and children with mental health and behavioral disabilities in
4 locations throughout Aroostook County. In 2021, we served over 564 individuals and families. We provide services to
support individuals and families, build self-confidence and self-esteem, personal responsibility, as well as skill
development. We employ 71 staff who assist families and children with varying disabilities, HCT, Case Management,
Residential Treatment, Outpatient therapy, and Section 28 Services. Staff encourages parents and family members to
make informed choices regarding their children, by providing education geared towards the specific challenges that they
face. The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. team continues to ensure a nondiscriminatory and respectful setting inclusive of
culture, social, and religious differences. We serve on a referral basis including self-referral and we accept most
For more information, please visit tnlh.org or contact Blake Hatt, Chief Operations Officer, at (207) 540-1522 ext. 204, or