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Dear Friends,

A big thank you to Lyric Music Theater for treating us to "White Christmas" and to Portland Stage for inviting us to "A Christmas Carol."  We are also grateful to the many community members who have donated winter coats, hats, gloves and boots that are keeping everyone toasty.
 
Each of these gifts is greatly appreciated.

Each of these gifts makes the holidays a bit brighter for our residents and students, most of whom are here in the US without their own families.

Each gift and kind gesture tells our immigrant friends that we are glad they are here. You make the holiday season a bit brighter. 

Thanks to your generous support, we have welcomed eight new residents to Hope House this fall. All are brand new to our country and each is anxious for a successful and independent life in our community.

Today, I am sharing the story of one of our former Hope House residents, Germain. In just one year since his arrival in Portland, he is living on his own, working for a local manufacturing company and rebuilding his life here in the greater Portland area. Your donation provides the housing, education and support services to asylum seekers like Germain all year long.  

Please donate to Hope Acts and make the holidays and every day a bit brighter for New Mainers.

With gratitude,

Martha Stein
Executive Director

P.S. Don't forget: We look forward to seeing you on Friday, January 18 @7:30 pm or Saturday, January 19 @4: 00 pm @ Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St, Portland. Social justice chorus, Women in Harmony, chose Hope Acts as the partner organization for their January concert featuring Songs of Hope. 
 Hope House Alumnus: Germain 
Germain moved into Hope House last year, after arriving in Portland and spending a few weeks in the city’s shelter. Prior to coming to the US, Germain was in college outside of his home country and he was planning to go to medical school. But he found he couldn’t return to the DRC. “It wasn’t safe,” is all he wishes to share.

Hope House became more than a place to live for Germain. He says, “Everyone at Hope House is my family. I didn’t know anyone when I first came to Portland.” 

Germain participated in our Hope House English Language Program (HHELP) and in numerous Hope House programs. His favorite activity is our French/English Exchange, a bi-weekly gathering of immigrants and community members who share food and friendly competition in language-focused games. 

Looking toward his future, Germain has been working hard to learn and improve his English language skills. He recently started working at a local food manufacturer, but he is already planning ahead. He’s already in training in hopes of a promotion to a higher paying position.  

Despite all he has been through, Germain is optimistic about his future. He says there is a lot of opportunity in the U.S. We will miss Germain but we are excited to see what he'll achieve next!

Thank you for your support of Germain and all of the immigrants we work with at Hope Acts.
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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