For New Mainers
Partnering for Solutions: A One Day Workshop for Stakeholders in the New Mainer Community
In 2018, the US Department of Justice provided us with funding to develop programming to engage immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeking men in violence prevention. From here, our Men Connect for New Mainers program was born, a program that provides a supported and confidential space for immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeking men to discuss the myriad of challenges they are facing.
We now seek to build relationships with other organizations engaged with the immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeking community to collaborate and foster connection and hope for all involved in this important and challenging work. If you’d like to learn more about the Men Connect for New Mainers program and share in a collaborative vision for this work for the future, please join us for this one day workshop.
Together, we can help ensure the safety of communities all across Maine. Lunch will be provided. Payment is on a sliding scale.
About Men Connect for New Mainers:
We invite immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking men to join our experienced facilitators to explore their unique experiences with masculinity and to discuss tools for self-care, healthy relationships, and violence prevention. This conversation, which expands on our commitment to provide space for men to reflect on their experiences around masculinity and to explore the connections between societal expectations of gender, self-harm, and violence, is specifically for new arrivals to the US. We offer sharing, learning, and reflecting with at least twenty-five men from seven different countries.
Men Connect for New Mainers sometimes meets virtually and sometimes in person. New participants are always welcome! For more information, contact us.
Many thanks to our community partner Martin’s Point Health Care for creating this video about our Men Connect for New Mainers program, and to Unum and Elmina B. Sewall Foundation for their support.
“Since my husband started to join the MB2M meetings, he changed his behavior. I realized that there is somebody in the shadow helping understand how a couple can engage in uncomfortable topics together, but doing so comfortably.” ~A participant’s partner
“I am lucky to be joining the MBTM in Portland. This helps me a lot to get integrated into a new culture and understand the prevention piece to avoid the bad attitude in terms of dealing with a partner. I think I am in a good space at a good time.” ~Francis, participant