New center to honor Ann Geiger

We are thrilled to announce that the Geiger family (of Farmer’s Almanac fame) has made a major contribution to name our new center in honor of matriarch Ann Geiger. The building, located at 134 College Street in Lewiston, will be known as the Ann Geiger Center for New Beginnings.

Ann Geiger was known for her quiet charity and selfless giving. She lived in Lewiston from 1955, when her husband Ray Geiger moved the family business to Maine, until her death at age 92 just one year ago.  Two of her sons, Peter and Gene Geiger, own and manage the business today.

“We’re excited about New Beginnings’ vision of turning the former Jewish Community Center into a first rate multi-purpose facility to serve youth who are at risk in our community,” said Peter Geiger. “I am pleased that we can honor our mother’s memory by supporting an organization that mirrors the love and concern she showed to so many over the years. New Beginnings’ mission and work is something that Ann Geiger would fully embrace.”

The building dedication will be held in Lewiston the evening of Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, in conjunction with New Beginnings’ 35th Anniversary Celebration.

“Peter and Gene have shared stories with us about their mother’s life and the many ways – both large and small – that she helped those less fortunate,” said NB Development Director Rachel Spencer-Reed, “We’re looking forward to gathering with the Geiger family and our supporters in April to celebrate Ann Geiger’s humble and generous spirit.”

The 17,000 square foot facility now being renovated will become the agency’s new headquarters. It is located within walking distance of New Beginnings’ emergency Youth Shelter and Transitional Living Programs, and will house an expanded Youth Drop-In Center where more than 400 young people a year who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can come to get their basic needs met – a warm meal, a hot shower, and a safe place off the street where they can talk to a trusted adult.  The building also includes a gymnasium for recreation and community events, and will become the new site of New Beginnings’ educational support services to connect youth with education and training.

“We are deeply honored that the family chose to name this building to commemorate Ann Geiger’s legacy of giving to this community,” said New Beginnings’ Executive Director Bob Rowe, “The Geigers’ generous gift is helping to bring this building back to life as a place of safety and hope for young people who have often grown up with neither.”

For information about sponsorships for the New Beginnings’ 35th Anniversary Celebration or to request an invitation to the event, please contact Rachel Spencer-Reed at rachel@newbeginmaine.org or call 207-795-4077.

Learn more about the new center and our Campaign for a New Beginning!