MDIslander – Mission Works to Keep Islanders Connected, Safely

L-R: Director Douglas Cornman, Director Sharon Daley, Steward Jillian

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Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely
March 27, 2020 by Liz Graves on News, Waterfront

BAR HARBOR — In some ways, residents of unbridged island communities are ahead of the curve with the changes brought by the virus epidemic, since they already rely on remote and online connections for important services.

But in other ways, they’re especially vulnerable.

On March 13, the team of Maine Seacoast Mission staff that usually visits islands aboard the Sunbeam (or this year, the replacement Moonbeam while work is being done on the bigger boat) decided to suspend their regularly scheduled visits.

“Each island community has asked that people not come out to the islands (so they can) make the best use of what limited resources they have on the island,” said Doug Cornman, director of island outreach and chaplain. So we want to honor that … If people start to not feel well, this would decimate an island.”

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