Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance has two important goals: we serve people affected by domestic abuse, and we work to end personal, institutional, and cultural violence. Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance was formed from the collaborative corporate merger on October 1, 2013 of Spruce Run and Womancare.
Spruce Run was the first domestic violence project in Maine and just the third in the country when we incorporated in 1973. Womancare was incorporated in the State of Maine in 1979. Since then, we’ve grown to an agency with a paid staff of over 20 and comprehensive services for people affected by abuse. We are grateful for the goodwill and contributions of the people of Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties – and beyond – who help fund our work and who serve as volunteers in countless capacities.
Our services include a 24-hour hotline; emergency shelter; support and education groups; transitional housing and services; children’s services; youth-based prevention programs; advocacy, consultation, and collaboration within the child protective, legal, and other systems; and training and education designed to foster a coordinated community response to domestic violence. We serve people who need shelter or other support services from all over Penobscot County as well as from parts of Waldo, Hancock, Piscataquis and Somerset counties. Our services are free and are designed to help each individual think through and understand his or her options, make informed decisions, and achieve and maintain safety, autonomy and self-sufficiency.
Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, funded primarily by the Maine Department of Health & Human Services, United Way of Eastern Maine, Maine Housing, and the generous donations of people and businesses in the communities we serve.
Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is a member in good standing of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the statewide coalition of domestic violence projects.
Read more about our history and learn about the significant events in Maine’s response to domestic violence by looking at our timeline.
For more information about our beginnings, check out our oral history project, The ‘Somebody Else’ Was Us.