YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

Welcoming Week

September 15-24, 2017 

We believe our community is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Welcoming Week is a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community. Join us!

Book Talk - September 16th

10 am, Harris Room, Greater Portland branch

Join Georges Budagu Makoko, author of Ladder to the Moon: A  Journey from the Congo to America.        

Georges Budagu Makoko is a member of the Banyamulenge—a Tutsi tribe. He was born in the southern Kivu province of Eastern DR Congo, spent his early years living among extended family in his villages, and later moved to the urban areas of the Congo to further his education. He lived for many years in war-torn Congo and Rwanda. After barely surviving the atrocities in the region, Budagu sought—and was granted—asylum in the United States, taking up residency in Portland, Maine. In 2011, he was sworn in as a citizen of the United States.

Community Resource Fair - September 16th

10 am -12 pm, Gymnasium, Greater Portland branch

For new Mainers and people looking to connect and support their new neighbors. Community groups will include Hope Acts, Senator Angus King’s office, and others.                                                                     

Plus, look for art projects at your local branch all week long!