YMCA of Southern Maine

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City, YMCA team up to celebrate diversity in community
Published: 09.17.19 -

When more than 400 asylum-seekers came to the city fleeing danger and unrest in their home countries, local organizations such as the YMCA of Southern Maine rallied together to provide community support.

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Stuck in the stack
Published: 07.25.19 -

Bereket Bairu has spent the last three years trying to navigate an immigration system that seems to have forgotten about him.

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English Classes Underway for Expo residents
Published: 07.22.19 -

Laughter and smiles filled the air in the “Blue Room” as sixteen asylum seekers – 14 women and 2 men – worked in pairs practicing the beginning conversational phrases volunteer English instructor Lindsay Kaplan had just introduced.

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Breast cancer survivor raising money for YMCA
Published: 07.18.19 -

The YMCA of Southern Maine was there for Mia Dyson and her kids while she battled cancer. Now, she's cancer free and swimming hard to raise money for the Y.

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Asylum seekers to begin English language crash course
Published: 07.17.19 -

Portland city leaders have narrowed their focus on finding English language services and long-term housing for hundreds of asylum seekers.

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YMCA ready for summer season
Published: 06.13.19 -

With summer vacation just a breath away, the YMCA of Southern Maine is gearing up to kick off a season of fun for kids.

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Summer is here! Time to swim The Peaks to Portland
Published: 06.12.19 -

The YMCA of Southern Maine’s Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids will be taking place on July 20.  Swimmers will race from Peaks Island to the banks of East End Beach. 

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Peaks to Portland is fundraising powerhouse
Published: 06.07.19 -

“This truly is an event that is crucial to our ability to serve youth in the community,” said Sarah Leighton, the Chief Development Officer of the YMCA of Southern Maine. “It is a life-changing event – not only for the people who are swimming … but for the kids who benefit as a result.”

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