New Beginnings emergency shelter for youth has served over 7,800 young people since it opened in 1980. Ours is the last remaining shelter for homeless youth in Maine that is licensed to provide 24-hour care on a short term basis for youth in crisis.

Located in a three-story house close to downtown Lewiston, ME, the shelter provides emergency care for up to twelve youth ages 12 through 19. The maximum length of stay is three weeks. The referral phone line is staffed 24 hours a day at 795-4070 to assist teens and families that may need help.  Mediation is available to families in crisis, even if the youth involved does not stay at the shelter.  The shelter accepts referrals from all over the state of Maine; youth may also self-refer.  Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Walk-ins are welcome.







Services include:

  •  room & board
  •  informal individual counseling
  •  free family mediation
  •  an individualized education program
  •  referrals to community resources
  •  follow-up mediation

491 Main St, Lewiston ME