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2021 Humanitarian Awards

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come BLOOM with us!

This year our annual Humanitarian of the Year event will look a little different than it has in the past. We plan to celebrate the incredible work of our community virtually this year. Please join us on Wednesday, April 7th, in celebration of Spurwink’s impact, its increasing of access to critical behavioral health needs, and honoring of community leaders who make Maine a healthier place to live and work. This year we will honor our 2021 Humanitarian, Cullen Ryan, who has dedicated his professional career to serving homeless and special needs populations. We will also be honoring Spurwink’s frontline workers who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic. Register for the event here!


The Host Committee leads the way, sharing the opportunity to celebrate Spurwink’s impact with friends, family, and colleagues, inviting them to join them virtually at the event. Host Committee members and their special guests enjoy an exclusive exclusive perks such as tailored SWAG bags. They also receive special recognition in the invitation, event website, Facebook event page, and during the event itself.

Find out more about becoming a Host Committee Member



Humanitarian Award: Cullen Ryan, Executive Director, Community Housing of Maine  

For the past 34 years, Cullen Ryan has dedicated his professional career to serving homeless and special needs populations.  A formerly licensed clinician (LICSW) with a BA from the University of Vermont and a MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University (Minnesota), Cullen has provided case management, family therapy, and individual/group psychotherapy to homeless adults, families, and adolescents in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings in three states.  Since 2004, Cullen Ryan has served as Executive Director of Community Housing of Maine, the largest supportive housing provider for homeless and special needs populations in the state.  Throughout his career, Cullen has continuously been a leader in collective, grassroots advocacy efforts.  He has organized, united, and led diverse groups, helping Maine and other states speak with one voice to effect change for vulnerable populations through local, state, and federal policy development.  Cullen has been elected to numerous leadership roles pertaining to ending homelessness and improving the system of care for people with disabilities in Maine.  He currently chairs the Board of the Evernorth, the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board, the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services, and he serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Maine Continuum of Care.  Cullen was a recent past Chair of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, and recent Acting Chair of Maine’s Statewide Homeless Council, and actively serves on both.  Cullen’s advocacy has been recognized by receipt of the Maine Association of Community Service Providers Legislative Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts to support people with disabilities and their families in 2013; the Joseph Brannigan Community Excellence Award for providing supportive housing options and advocacy for homeless and special needs populations in Maine in 2014; and the Port Resources Shining Star Award in recognition of strong advocacy and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges in 2015.

Community Housing of Maine provides supportive housing for homeless and special needs populations throughout the state and provides advocacy on their behalf. www.chomhousing.org


For more information on becoming a Sponsor, Host Committee member, or general information, please contact Emily Silevinac, Director of Annual Giving, at esilevinac@spurwink.org or 207.871.1211, x2106.

Can’t attend the event but would like to make a donation? You can make your charitable donation here.


We are grateful to our Humanitarian sponsors…


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April 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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