Since 2014, we have led the effort to love people where they are at and to help support their basic needs. We want everyone to know that someone does love them and they do have a name.

 

Our Mission

We aim to bring hope, love, warmth, and kindness to the homeless. People want to know that they matter, that they are worth something, that they are loved. We minister to people's hearts, listen to their stories, and offer hope. There is no judgment for their earthly circumstances: we are here to show them what genuine love is and that they have a name worth knowing. 

We serve our homeless community in the Central Maine area all year round, with a special Boston Missions trip on Thanksgiving. We hand out backpacks full of necessities, including (but not limited to) hats, gloves, water, and food along with blankets and tents. We are not a drop and run kind of ministry - we approach the homeless with the intent of engaging in their hearts. 

We rely 100% on donations to help meet the needs of the homeless in our community. If you are interested in learning more on how you can help, please see our Take Action page. 

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Meet the Team

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MICHELLE FRANZOSE

Michelle has had a passion for helping the homeless for as long as she can remember. Having experienced homelessness herself, she understands, empathizes, and engages with the homeless community on a deeply personal level. She places a focus on not just providing monetary relief, but also on building relationships with the community in order to provide even more personalized and meaningful aid. She also believes that while being reactive to people’s situations is important, being proactive in preventing homelessness is the crucial step in stopping the cycle. She might be one of the few people left on this Earth who truly still has faith in humanity and is able to see the good in everyone. She’s excited to see where growing the Least of These ministry will take her and her husband.

 

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RICKY FRANZOSE

If there’s one person who truly lives and breathes the verse “whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me” - it’s Ricky. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and you can find him on the front lines of building relationships and identifying needs that need to be fulfilled. He wants to focus on education and providing resources to people so they can be empowered to make their own decisions and take control of their lives. He believes in meeting people where they’re at and not passing judgement on anybody’s situation. Ricky, along with Michelle want to eventually grow the Least of These into eventually having a physical location where people can come in without feeling judged and receive the help and advice that they need to get their lives back on track. He not only spreads the message, but truly lives it as an example in his day to day life. He has big plans for where he wants to take the ministry.

 

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Ashley & Stephen Violette

Ashley & Stephen are the administrators for the Least of These.