History

1987 – Tedford Shelter was founded by the Brunswick Area Interfaith Council (BAIC) to provide emergency shelter for the area’s homeless adults. The original Tedford Shelter was named for the individual who donated the building which housed the original shelter, 10 Pleasant Street, Brunswick.

1989 – Tedford Shelter was incorporated as an independent  501 (c) 3 organization.  During this time, the “Meal-A-Month” program, a volunteer effort of churches, restaurants and community members, ensured that a dinner was provided to individuals staying at the shelter. Meal-A-Month remains a vital component of Tedford.

1994 – Tedford Shelter moved to its current location at 49 Federal Street, Brunswick. The shelter houses 16 men and women in separate dorm rooms.

1998 – In recognition of the rise of homeless families, Tedford Shelter, in conjunction with the Brunswick Housing Authority, opened the Tedford Family Shelter at 34 Federal Street, Brunswick.  This facility includes apartment for six families.

Early 2000’s – The organization begins to focus on homeless prevention in addition to emergency shelter.  Planning begins to establish permanent, supportive housing for previously homeless adults and families.

2006 – In recognition of the organization’s evolution to include permanent housing and related services, the organization changes its name to Tedford Housing.

2008 – Tedford Housing provides support to homeless students in three school districts serving Brunswick, Bath, Topsham and surrounding communities.

2010 – The organization takes over management of community-funded emergency heating fuel program that serves Brunswick and surrounding towns.

2012 – Tedford completes the multi-year build out of supportive housing apartments. The 6 apartment buildings include 37 units for families and individuals who were previously homeless, many of whom suffer a mentally or physically disabling condition.  Our buildings are located in Bath (2), Brunswick, Lewiston, Auburn and Augusta.