Refugee/Immigrant Support

We are supporting immigrants and the homeless through Family Promise and assisting people with learning English or becoming citizens through Portland Adult Ed and Learning Works.

We will be working with Family Promise between Christmas and New Years. The trainings for Family Promise are:

We help new immigrants work toward citizenship.
Here is the family of one of the new citizens and their teachers as they await the induction ceremony.

Another Somali couple, who were taught by our members, celebrating at the induction ceremony.

We protest General Assistance cuts by the Governor for those who are seeking asylum and a new life in the U. S. free from torture and killings. A dozen members joined the Minister, who spoke about interpreting the lesson of the Good Samaritan into this current situation.


Making Donations

Furniture, household goods, clothing

Do you have usable winter clothing that newcomer immigrants could use? Please bring them to Parkside Neighborhood Center, at the corner of Mellen and Grant Streets, Portland. They are open to receive clothing, bedding, and kitchen items five days a week: Mondays: 10 to 5, Tuesdays: 12 to 7, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11 to 5.

Do you have furniture you would like to donate? Pick up can be arranged or maybe you can deliver it yourself. Check with the Furniture Friends Portland, email, or call 210-5797 or leave a message at 207-200-7796. And THANKS!

Muscles are needed to help collect the furniture and move it!

Tutoring/Mentoring Opportunities

Portland Adult Education has a great need for volunteer tutors to help students one hour per week in reading, writing, and conversation. Interested? contact, Moey Burchenal, at 874-8155 or email her.

Catholic Charities welcomes immigrants to this country who are arriving through refugee camps. They also are looking for volunteers to help as mentors for young people, and also as members of a program for adult refugees called American Friends. The person to contact is Bethany Sack, Mentoring Project Coordinator with Americorps at Catholic Charities. Contact or call 493-8913.