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April 3, 2019
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Maine Seacoast Mission Finalizes Sale of La Rochelle HQ; Looks Forward to the Future
BAR HARBOR, ME — One door closes, more open. La Rochelle, the longtime Bar Harbor headquarters of the Maine Seacoast Mission, was sold on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to the Bar Harbor Historical Society. With the sale, the Mission says a fond farewell to a special part of its history, while looking forward with enthusiasm to the future.
Proceeds from the sale will be placed in the Mission endowment.
“We’re treating this transfer of assets as an investment in the Mission’s long-term future,” said Mission President John Zavodny. “From now on, La Rochelle will be part of every student we help send to college, every bite of fresh produce at our Cherryfield food pantry, and every islander who gets medical help through the Sunbeam V. We are most grateful to the Colket family for the enduring gift of La Rochelle,” said President Zavodny.
The Mission’s new office in Northeast Harbor will carry on the Colket Center name. For the first time the Mission headquarters and the Sunbeam V will be in one place. The commute to-and-from the Mission’s Downeast Campus in Cherryfield stays the same.
Zavodny expects to move to the Northeast Harbor location in 2020. Meanwhile, the Mission will lease space in La Rochelle from the historical society.
Mission Board Chair Stacey Smith said, “As Colket Center rooms emptied and Mission artifacts were packed away, our minds were on the generous support and compassionate leadership of Ruth and Tris Colket.
“My most treasured memories of this house center around the lively Mission Board of Director’s discussions at the dining room table. Conversations that helped develop programs like EdGE and the current Sunbeam V refit.
“Change is hard, excitement is contagious. I am very excited to see what the future holds for the Mission,” said Stacey Smith.
Meanwhile, all Mission contact information — email addresses, phone numbers, social media pages, and web site will stay the same.