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Wednesday, June 22 at 1 pm -- free Summer Wisdom lecture from MIDCOAST SENIOR COLLEGE!

WELCOMING NEW MAINERS: EXPLORING RECENT COMMUNITIES OF ASYLUM-SEEKING PEOPLE IN MAINE AND ONE TOWN’S RESPONSE

JUNE 22 at 1 p.m. Presented by Erin Mangalam


In 2019, asylum-seeking people from The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola arrived in Portland, Maine, where a shelter at the Expo provided cots, meals, bathrooms, interpretation, and cultural support to hundreds of families. Later that year, about 25 families were moved to the Bath/Brunswick area, changing the landscape of the schools, social services, and the towns themselves. The reasons behind this recent demographic change, the families’ arduous journeys, and how the community of “old” Mainers came together to support their new neighbors is the subject of this talk. Originally from Auburn, Maine, Erin Mangalam completed her MSW at Boston College. In 2016, she was part of the founding board of local nonprofit The Emergency Action Network (TEAN), dedicated to harnessing the generosity of the community to serve Brunswick’s most vulnerable members.

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This is part of Midcoast SC's SUMMER WISDOM 2022 - Free Weekly Lecture Series in June sponsored by Sunnybrook Senior Living Community

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