A photo-story conducted by multimedia storyteller Iman Lipumba.
As the only Refugee Resettlement agency in Maine, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, offers resources and support that help refugees and people granted asylum, start to build a self-sufficient life in Maine. New Mainers come here ready to contribute to our communities, they are skilled professionals, talented artists, community leaders and entrepreneurs, who overcome language, cultural, emotional and economic barriers as a result of immigrating to a new place. Some new Mainers we’ve worked with go on to join our staff and help other immigrants rebuild their lives.
In our work, we are privileged to encounter individuals with many different stories and pathways to Maine, and we’ve found that whether one is a new or US-born Mainer, what unites us all is the desire for a life of security, opportunity, family and overall wellness.
We all belong here, and these are the stories of a few of us.