When it comes to the needs of homeless men, women and children, Maine is no exception.  I was surprised and saddened to read that last year alone more than 2000 people in our community needed to seek shelter at the Bangor Homeless Shelter.  Still, thank goodness they are there providing a clean safe place to rest and be warm plus other great services to help these individuals and families get back on their feet. The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter (BAHS) is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year. Currently, 71% of the people who stay at the Shelter have a major mental illness, chronic addictions and/or medical issues. Their needs are great. On Saturday, April 12th this year’s annual Hike for the Homeless will step off from 4 different locations. Taking part in the Hike is one way to help fund their daily efforts. A donation is not required to participate in the Hike, however they do encourage those participating to seek pledges. On-line registration is open until April 10th. If you can’t Hike you still may be able to help with some of the items on their wish list.