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We have chosen to support organizations providing
the immigrant population of Portland with:
Welcome, Education, and Community.
ShifaME at Spurwink provides culturally appropriate services for refugee and immigrant youth and their families in Maine, with programs starting in Lewiston, Biddeford, and Greater Portland. ShifaME’s Multicultural Care Coordinators partner with youth and families, natural supports, and service providers in the home, school, and community to reduce barriers that face refugee, asylee, and immigrant families. ShifaME counseling is a service for children and families who have experienced trauma or severe stress associated with being a refugee, asylee, or immigrant. This includes stress related to trauma, acculturation, resettlement, or isolation. The model for treatment is Trauma Systems Therapy adapted for Refugees (TST-R).
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The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) is Maine’s only comprehensive state-wide immigration legal services organization, with offices in Portland and Lewiston and a reach across the state through a network of community-based partners and service providers. ILAP advises and represents low-income clients in complex immigration cases where they would likely be unsuccessful without a costly private attorney. In addition, ILAP staff provides education and outreach on a full spectrum of immigration issues, and advocate for policies that support and defend our immigrant neighbors locally and nationally.
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The Telling Room empowers youth through writing and sharing their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, they seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for students. They believe that the power of creative expression can change communities and prepare local youth for future success. They serve those who are reluctant to write as well as those who already identify as writers, including: children and young adults who are a part of Maine’s growing community of immigrants and refugees, those with emotional and behavioral challenges, students struggling in mainstream classrooms, homeschoolers enthusiastic to join a creative community, LBGTQ youth, and passionate young writers who need additional support beyond what their schools are able to provide.
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Preemptive Love Coalition aims to produce peace in the most vulnerable places on the planet. Unafraid to go to the front lines of conflict, Preemptive Love provides food, water, and relief to those trapped in areas ravaged by war. Their mission is to elevate those negatively impacted by ISIS, serving in countries such as Iraq and Syria. Preemptive Love provides safe spaces for refugees to thrive, create jobs, and bring peace to communities that have been torn apart.
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Catholic Charities Maine - Refugee and Immigration Services seeks to encourage and support refugees through the process of becoming responsible, self-reliant members of the community. Catholic Charities is a re-settlement agency for the government but also offers countless programs to welcome persons into the local community, including : Case Management, Interpretation and Translation Services, Employment, Mentoring, and Legal Services.
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Way of Life Mission addresses the unmet needs of the local international community as they adjust to their home in the United States. Way of Life connects volunteers and New Mainers through practical goods as a way to welcome and create community. Some services include: providing household essentials, clothing for children and babies, and assisting international families with long-term needs or support in moments of crisis.
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Portland Adult Education / Friends of Portland Adult Education helps adult learners reach their educational and employment goals. Sitting adjacent to Catholic Charities Maine, Portland Adult Education’s mission is "To inspire lifelong learning in a culturally diverse environment.” Portland Adult Education offers courses in Job Training, English Learning, College Preparation, and the New Mainers Resource Center.
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