As a young boy, George Walter Hinckley offered his food and bed to an orphan seeking refuge in his home. From that one act of kindness sprang his enduring gift to the world: the Good-Will Idea.
In 1889, on a beautiful plot just north of Fairfield, Maine, the Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys and Girls was born. More than 130 years later, Good Will-Hinckley is a testament to its founder’s vision, having uplifted thousands of Maine children and young adults with resources and a family for life.
George Walter would be proud of what our organization has become. Offering everything from therapeutic residential treatment to dynamic educational resources—including the Glenn Stratton Learning Center and our growing College Step-Up program—GWH is more than just a campus. We’re a community that’s given thousands of young people the tools they need to not just survive, but thrive.
At GWH “Educating youth. Changing lives.” isn’t just our tagline. It’s what we do and who we are. Today, we’re honored to carry on the legacy that George Walter established: to be a haven for young people in need and to champion their paths to success.