Boardman Cottage

Boardman Cottage

Welcome to The Beacon Project, the central island resource for eldercare needs in Islesboro, Maine.  Founded in 2003 with a mission to make it possible for our elders to remain here on Islesboro with dignity and comfort as members of our island community, we built and began operating Boardman Cottage, an assisted living home for six residents, in the summer of 2005.  Now in our eighth year of operation, we have made it possible for 16 islanders to remain here and receive the daily help they need.

Our Services

A resident at Boardman Cottage is free from anxiety about food shopping, snowy sidewalks, transportation to doctors’ appointments and housekeeping.  Friends and family members on the island can go to work every day without worrying about the safety of someone they care about, but they are near enough to visit frequently.  Boardman Cottage also offers hospice care, respite care and opportunities for temporary stays for short-term needs.

Elderly islanders living at home can take advantage of our Adult Day Program or assistance in their homes through Island Neighbors Home Care (IN Home Care).


The Beacon Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Maine.  Boardman Cottage operations are managed by our administrator, Maura Michael.  We have a 15 member Board of Directors.

Employment Opportunities

We are very proud of our staff of caregivers and grateful for their dedication to high standards, quality care and personal attention.  Most are island residents, and many came to Boardman Cottage with no prior experience.  Employees receive CPR and first aid training and complete a program to qualify as Certified Residential Medication Aides.  Added training and experience increase their compensation and long-term employment prospects. Since we opened we have provided part-time positions or full-time employment with health care and time-off benefits for 24 island residents.


As a MaineCare provider, Boardman Cottage does not earn enough revenue to cover its operating costs.  To offset this deficit, The Beacon Project raises funds through donations, various fundraising events, a furniture market, and sales of calendars and other products.  We also apply for foundation grants.  The Islesboro community supports Boardman Cottage both financially and through many volunteer activities.


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