A mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 2001 serving those living in need in Greater Portland, Maine


St. E’s Celebrates 20th Anniversary!!


October 27, 2021 4 – 5 pm via Zoom.

St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center invites you to help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary and thank our amazing volunteers.

Our featured speaker is The Rev. Peter Swarr – a founder of the Essentials Pantry. Additional remarks by The Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown, Executive Director Sarah Coburn Borgeson and the Very Rev. Benjamin Shambaugh.

To join us  Click Here    Or copy and paste into your browser:     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82007904690

We are delighted to welcome our new Executive Director, Sarah Coburn Borgeson!

Sarah Coburn Borgeson



Sarah comes to St. Elizabeth’s with over 25 years of leadership experience in non-profit human services organizations in the Boston area.  Her primary focus has been on hunger relief strategies and activities for low income populations in both urban and suburban  settings.  She has extensive experience in building and strengthening community and congregational relationships, working with diverse populations and volunteer management.

Sarah holds a B.A. degree from Boston University and a Master of Social Work degree from Case Western Reserve University.



St. Brigid’s and Maine Needs Prepares Cleaning Kits for St. E’s Distribution

St. Brigid students with assembled bags.



St. Elizabeth’s was excited to receive 110 cleaning kits from Maine Needs containing items that were donated, collected and assembled by St. Brigid’s school in Portland. Laundry detergent, a wide range of toiletries, and a variety of cleansing products made up the kits.

Based in Portland, Maine Needs strives to help individuals and families in Maine meet their basic material needs by providing donated clothing, hygiene products, household items, and other necessities. For more information or to discover ways you can help with their mission, visit www.maineneeds.org.



Kneeler Honoring the Rev. Dick Rasner



On November 22, 2020, the Dean of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, the Very Rev. Dr. Ben Shambaugh blessed kneelers recently created by members of the congregation.  This kneeler was created in memory of Rev. Dick Rasner who was the Executive Director of the Pantry for many years.  We are honored and grateful for the amazing and vibrant kneeler!  The hand stitched kneelers found throughout the Nave of the Cathedral take more than 57,000 individual stitches, 300 square yards of stitching material and a third of a mile of wool. Creating each kneeler takes about two years of work.  The Cathedral welcomes all to visit, and you’ll see kneelers representing all the Episcopal churches and Ministries of the Diocese of Maine.



Creating our Banner with ARRT!  

Rev. Holly Hoffman with finished banner.



ARRT! along with Rev. Holly Hoffman, St. E’s former Executive Director took a Sunday afternoon to create the  banner used on our home page.  ARRT! (Artists Rapid Response Team) collaborates with 60+ non-profit, progressive groups to promote social changes in Maine. This collective of approximately twelve artists meets monthly to create issue-oriented, socially engage banners and props. Check out their website for more information at https://www.arrteam.org/




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