Rosie Moreau

2018 40 Under 40 Honoree

Local Heroes

Program Coordinator

New Beginnings

Rosie Moreau is a Program Coordinator at New Beginnings where she runs the 24 hour emergency shelter program, which houses homeless or at risk of being homeless youth ages 12-19. She began working for New Beginnings in 2010 shortly after graduating from college and says, “I knew immediately that this was the environment I wanted to work in. The beliefs, mission and models of New Beginnings align so perfectly with my own values.”

Originally from Rangeley, with her job in Lewiston she says it made sense to live here, noting, “I love the community. There are so many amazing people around here who are working together, dedicated to helping others and making our community even better.”

She sees her work as her community passion, stating, “I’m passionate about our youth; particularly youth who lack support and stability. Adolescence is a crucial time and to be able to help provide some of that support and stability and, to be an advocate is so important.” She adds, I try to pay it forward as much as I can. I am always looking to help. They say when you get home to leave your work at the door, but I think when you’re in a helping profession it’s just part of your personality.”

Rosie’s hope is that there can be more education and awareness and most of all more empathy among people with diverse opinions. She says, “At the end of the day you should be able to see and feel your fellow community members’ struggles and perspectives regardless if that’s your experience or if you agree with it or not.”