BELFAST — A new Waldo County nonprofit helps homeless and home-insecure young adults aged 16 to 21. In June 2021, the IRS granted But Still I Am One 501(c)(3) status, which makes donations to the organization tax-deductible.

According to a press release, with its nonprofit status, the hope is to be able to raise funds to pay for either a Host Home program or to lease or buy a home in order to provide a safe place homeless and home-insecure young adults in Waldo County can call their home.

“For many years, I have been watching the news reports showing that homelessness and home insecurity among young adults are skyrocketing in our state,” said Neva Allen, founder and president of But Still I Am One.

“According to a 2019 Portland Press Herald article, Maine homelessness among young adults has increased four times faster than the rate in the country as a whole,” she said. “When the pandemic came, I told myself that I could no longer sit on the sidelines; I needed to try and help.”

As But Still I Am One is raising funds to enable this vision of providing a home, this nonprofit is hoping to assist homeless and home-insecure young adults with food, clothing, gas cards, and electronics, especially phones and phone cards. “This is both for their security, and because it helps them with getting other services,” the press release said. “It also helps them in obtaining jobs.”

For more information about But Still I Am One, visit butstilliamone.org. Emails can be sent to butstilliamone.org@gmail.com.

To make a donation, can go to butstilliamone.org and click on the donate button. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 557, Belfast, ME 04915.