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Dear Friends,

The outpouring of support for new asylum-seeking families in Portland continues to both amaze and inspire me. It is also gratifying to see other communities and individuals roll out their welcome mats and offer support to these newcomers.

Our Program Manager Carolyn Graney and Board Member and English Teacher Linda Carleton have spent countless hours coordinating volunteers and developing curriculum for English classes for the families at the Expo. Hope House residents continue to volunteer,  preparing and serving food, interpreting and befriending new asylum seekers and encouraging these newcomers that Maine is a good place to settle.

Hope House resident Daniel has formed a special relationship with one of the new families. He said, "I have been here for ten months and I have a mentor who helps me. Now, I can be a mentor to someone else."

The many acts of kindness are inspiring. The hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of people who have donated their time, money and goods give me hope that communities throughout Maine will become home to new immigrants.

What else gives me hope? The powerful words of Richard Blanco!  If you haven't already signed up for "An Evening with Richard Blanco," buy your ticket today. Richard will be speaking on immigration and reading from his new book, How to Love a Country.  Proceeds from this event benefit Hope Acts.

With gratitude,

Martha Stein
Executive Director
Hope Acts In the News
Hope Acts is one of the many organizations that have joined together to provide English classes for asylum seekers temporarily housed at the Portland Expo Center.  We continue to offer our Hope House English Language Program (HHELP) classes, in addition to instruction at the Portland Expo. Hope Acts' Carolyn Graney and Linda Carleton are included in these news stories about classes at the Expo: 

https://www.amjamboafrica.com/english-classes-underway-for-expo-residents/

https://wgme.com/news/local/expo-english-offers-crash-course-for-asylum-seekers
We are almost sold out. Get your ticket today!


An Evening with Richard Blanco
Speaking on Immigration

Thursday, August 8, 6:00 pm
Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress St, Portland

Event proceeds benefit Hope Acts.

Refreshments provided. Book sale and book signing.

Purchase tickets here.
 
What's next for Maine's Asylum Seekers?
Hope Acts and our many advocacy partners let out a collective sigh of relief when Governor Janet Mills announced that asylum seekers would qualify for General Assistance a few weeks ago.   For the last few months, we have been collectively advocating for all asylum seekers at both the city and state levels. This means that asylum seekers at Portland Expo and others should be able to seek housing in communities outside of Portland and receive assistance with basics like housing and food.  An overview of the new General Assistance rules can be found here.

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is working with the city of Portland and area non-profits to facilitate short-term housing by "host families" who are interested in temporarily housing an asylum-seeking family. Please contact GPCOG if you are interested in hosting
Shopping on Amazon.com? Please go to smile.amazon.com and choose Hope Acts. We will receive .05% of your purchase as a donation from Amazon.  THANK YOU!
Here's a really easy way to help Hope Acts!  Would you CLYNK for us?  If you would be willing to turn your recyclables into a donation for Hope Acts (in Maine -- bottles and cans that include a deposit), send an email to martha@hopeacts.org with your mailing address and we'll send you a few bar-coded bag stickers. Put the sticker on a CLYNK bag, fill and return the bag to a participating Hannaford supermarket.  THANK YOU.

Thank you, in advance, for your financial support of Hope Acts. Your donation today provides housing, classes, and a sense of community for immigrants, allowing them to achieve their goals for a successful future. Please visit hopeacts.org/give or mail a check to Hope Acts, PO Box 7615, Portland ME 04112.
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