Some101The Center is a very low-barrier place – All women are welcomed. Everything if offered free of charge.  No paperwork or appointments are required. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 to 1:00.   Each day begins with a gathering circle at 10:30 which is contemplative time of quiet and sharing.  The Center tends intentionally to the inner spirit of women in a welcoming,  nonsectarian way. 

Programs are offered each morning and afternoon and range from art therapy to writing or poetry workshops, and health/wellness programs.  Programs are planned to bring women together with a focus on building a community of kindness and respect. Many are trauma informed and designed to address repercussions of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and build resilience.  Some programs are led by community partners.

Hygiene items are available for free and there is a monthly clothing give-away. The spring through summer brings opportunities for gardening through Herban Works.  

The Center has reached out to women who are currently incarcerated in the local jail or at the women’s prison in Windham.  A volunteer team to visit and work with these women during incarceration, and  support them upon re-entry is being created.

Other than a full-time Director, an Operations Manager, and the Outreach and Program coordinator for Sophia’s House,  The Center is staffed by volunteers. The core team called Companions are on site whenever The Center is open.  These dedicated women are retired social workers, chaplains, teachers and nurses who are available for supportive listening and guidance. We welcome new Companions at all times. If you are interested, please contact The Center at 207-513-3922.


Just come and hang out to meet the guests and experience what we are all about.

Then if you’d like to volunteer or lead a program, speak with staff to discuss options.

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The Center

Women’s faces,
Women’s eyes
A step through the door
Means a step to new life;
Breathing freely
Finding others
Learning new ways
Beginning new days
Seeing oneself in a different light.
Who are these women?
They are you and me
Waiting for someone
To say we belong
To say we are beautiful
To set us free.


– Sr. Maureen Hurley, DW