Welcome to Mission at the Eastward

Creating safe places to live, enriching the lives of children and youth, and building resiliency in our communities. We BUILD lives!

Our Main Mission

MATE is comprised primarily of 3 ministries serving Western Central Maine. Follow the links below to explore:

MATE Youth Connection

MATE Youth Connection is Enriching the lives of youth through fun, mentorship and relationship.

MATE Housing Ministry

MATE Housing Ministry promotes the dignity of all by providing home repairs for safer, warmer and healthier homes. 

South Africa Partnership

Alleviating the legacy of apartheid through self-empowerment, respectful dialog and sustainable projects in Tyhume Valley.

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Armies of Volunteers

Each year 300-400 amazing, serving people come from all over from New England to Delaware and Pennsylvania. They come to serve our neighbors in West and Central.

MATE Leadership


What People Are Saying

“I spent the first two thirds of the
summer trapped in my house. Thanks
to MATE’s Housing Ministry, I am
now more self-sufficient. I am able
to leave and return to my home in
safety. There are only 4 steps to enter
and exit the mobile home I live in. I
have Parkinson’s Disease and have
very poor balance and coordination.
Because I had an injury this summer,
I was climbing down the stairs
sideways and crawling to get back up
them. I didn’t think about asking for
help. A concerned Board member
and MATE volunteer, proposed the
idea of having a ramp added on to
my trailer. Long story short, MATE’s
Housing Ministry, and some very
dedicated volunteers, installed a
ramp and I am now not only able to
safely leave and return to my home,
but I can take my walker with me,
resulting in less falls. This ministry
gave me back my independence. I
will be forever grateful. Thank you to
everyone who helped!”
Peace and Blessings,
A.M. Homeowner

“MATE has brought me so much closer to my church family within just a short weekend. Also within that weekend, we helped so many families with home projects that improved their living conditions dramatically. This weekend of teamwork brought smiles to everyone’s faces and I can’t wait for more trips like this!”

G., a youth housing ministry volunteer

“To the congregation and all who participated in the MATE program in northern Maine: Thank you especially to Matt and his crew who have done such wonderful work on my house. With people like you I can live in my house. Thank you and Merry Christmas.”


a homeowner

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