Bon Voyage, Chris Stelling

Bon Voyage, Chris Stelling

Sunbeam Steward Jillian (left) with Chris Stelling  (right) about the Sunbeam
Sunbeam Steward Jillian (left) with Chris Stelling (right)

This January, we wished a fond farewell to Chris Stelling. During three successful years as Director of Development, Chris made an enormous positive impact on the Mission. Her talents in forging meaningful relationships, knowledge of foundations, and passion for programs grew the Mision’s overall impact. Chris held immense pride in the difference the Mission makes in the lives of those we work with day-to-day.  

Here’s a note from Chris to the Mission:  

It has been my privilege to work for the Maine Seacoast Mission for these past three years. I sensed what a special organization it was when I joined it and my experience here—working with our talented and compassionate staff, benefitting from the stewardship of a caring and thoughtful board, and having the honor of getting to know our donors, volunteers, and community partners—confirms all that and more. I thank you for supporting the good work for our communities (fighting the good fight, as my dad would say), particularly in these very challenging times. While I will be leaving the Mission staff, I will continue to do what I can do to advance its mission. (Although I am looking forward to a brief break in the “action.”)  

With best wishes, Chris.  

Although it is not unusual for development professionals to move on after a few years, we are thankful for an impactful fundraising period during Chris’ tenure. Her passion and spirit will be missed.

Now Accepting Applications for Director of Development

Despite this news, we are excited to welcome a new amazing professional into the Mission family. We are now accepting applications for the position of Director of Development. The job description and posting can be viewed on our website. Please feel free to share it in your circle. With high expectations for a seamless transition, we know an outstanding year is ahead for the Mission, our work, and our communities. 

A New Look for the Mission’s Website

A New Look for the Mission’s Website

Over the last several months, we worked with the Belfast-based design team Pica to reimagine the Mission’s new website. We are delighted to share it with you today. 

With deep gratitude to an anonymous donor who funded the project, our new site conveys the Mission’s story and reflects Mission values. As our go-to digital destination, the site demonstrates the difference we make in people’s lives. 


When partnering with a diversity of community members and organizations, it is important to meet people where they are. The new site offers accessibility options and can be read in multiple languages. In the top right corner, a circular blue button offers adaptive settings to adjust the site. By clicking a menu in the bottom right corner, content is available in English, French, or Spanish.  


In the menu under Our Work, each program has a detailed page with a description and contact information. We also divided programming into the Mission’s two place-based areas: Sunbeam and Downeast. The intent is to be more explicit about how a program ties to specific geography. The News page features articles and stories about our work. These include the monthly e-newsletter, press releases, newspaper and magazine clippings, and more.


Incorporated in 1905, Maine Seacoast Mission has a long and storied past. To highlight standout moments, turn to the History page. Acting as a living document, the timeline will grow to include our large archive of photographs, documents, objects, and other ephemera. 

How to Donate

The Mission could not do its important work without the generosity of its donors. For individuals and organizations wishing to give, the Donate page details ways to become involved. This includes the Mission Fund, the Hope Society, corporate sponsorship, scholarships, and volunteering opportunities

We hope you take a moment to explore the website. It is our primary way for new and longtime supporters, friends, and partners to learn more about the Mission, our programs, and our people. With questions or comments, please email Director of Marketing Kierie Piccininni.

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