MANCHESTER — Martha St. Pierre, of Winthrop, will be the guest speaker at the Manchester Grange meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the North Manchester Meeting House, 143 Scribner Hill Road, according to a news release from Charles McGillicuddy, program director.

St. Pierre is the executive director and founder of the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope in Augusta. The facility is transitional housing to homeless female veterans and is envisioned as a resource not only for Maine but for northern New England as there is a shortage of resources for the entire region.

The house is in a stately residence built in 1838 that has been restored by a large number of volunteers over the past two years.

“There is a lack of resources for female veterans and although homelessness is on the decline, the number of homeless female veterans is increasing. We cannot abandon these veterans,” said St. Pierre, according to the release.

A business meeting will follow. All visitors are welcome to stay for the rest of the meeting.

The Grange is part of the National Grange which has more than 150,000 members. The Grange recognizes the contribution of agriculture to our nation and celebrates rural living.

For more information, call McGillicuddy at 215-4092.

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