Student Diversity

Resources for Students from Immigrant and Refuge Families

These resources were compiled by Bachelor of Social Work Intern, Heather Dodge, in 2015-2016 to assist students and their families who have recent immigrant or refugee experiences.


Office of Multicultural Affairs
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Address: 151 Jetport Boulevard, South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (207)-822-2380

Description of Service: Training, education, and feedback related to multicultural community needs.


Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Address: 176 Gannett Drive, South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: 1-800-375-5283

Description of services: Information and assistance with citizenship, naturalization, applying for Green Card, Green Card renewals and Green Card replacements, working in the United States in a specialty occupation or as a student, case status and referral follow-ups, and uniting with family members. There is also help for individuals and employers who need to resolve any problems that may come up from cultural barriers.

Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (Portland)
Address: 222 St. John Street, Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207)-808-8551

Description of Services: Case management, citizenship classes, leadership workshops, counseling services, interpreting services, assists with completing forms and immigration documents, and English Language Learners classes.


Refugee and Immigrant Counseling and Case Management (Portland)
Address: 247 Bates Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone:  (207)-782-5700

Description of Service: Interpreting services, assistance with documentation and navigating issues, liaison with schools, landlords, legal services, and medical providers.


Refugee and Immigration Services (Portland)
Address: 80 Sherman Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207)-871-7437

Description of services: Case management, life skills education, transportation assistance, cultural adaptation, referral for educational and vocational training, employment development and placement, assistance with family reunification, English as a Second Language tutoring referrals.


Learning Works
English Language Program Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
Address: 181 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207)-775-0105

Description of services: Individualized learning programs to gain skills in real-life situations provide practical help to be able to understand, speak, read, and express oneself in English.


Bright Future
Address: Online only
Phone: (207)-699-9649

Description of Service: Engage in volunteering and career exploration; develop job seeking skills; visit law enforcement and government facilities; explore American rights and freedoms; tutoring to encourage English fluency.


NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Address: 73 Deering Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207)-553-5851

Description of Service: Nonpartisan membership organization works toward achieving equal rights, eliminating race prejudice, securing civil rights, informing public of adverse effects of racial discrimination, eliminating racial discrimination, educating persons regarding their constitutional rights; offices located in Bangor, Portland, and the Maine State Prison.


Catholic Charities of Maine Refugee and Immigration Services
Address: 80 Sherman st, Portland, Maine, 04104
Phone: (207)-8717437

Description of Services: helping those seeking a new life in America become independent, productive members of our community from cultural orientation and referrals to case management and ongoing support


Survivors of Torture Services
Health and Human Services Department, Social Services Division
Address: 190 Lancaster Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207)-482-5121

Description of Service: Case management, counseling, housing, and employment training to help gain self-sufficiency; specific training to provide culturally competent, trauma-informed treatment and services to support recovery and ability to live independently.

For a more comprehensive list of resources see the handbook located in the Multicultural Student Center.