Organization NameWelcoming Immigrants Our New Neighbors
501c3 StatusDifferent type, e.g., §501(c)(4)
Description/MissionDRAFT: Welcoming Immigrants Our New Neighbors (WIONN) is an evolving volunteer organization offering friendship, compassion and encouraging support to immigrants (refugees, asylum seekers, undocumenteds) in the greater Biddeford community. This is accomplished through assistance in household establishment and the friendship and allyship of Caring Teams.

WIONN offers and delivers basic furniture and household items, emergency support and other basic needs such as winter outerwear. WIONN also networks with other providers and social service agencies for referrals, focusing on filling the gaps.
No Physical AddressNo Physical Address
Mailing AddressChrist Church
6 Dane St.
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
First NameCheryl
Last NameDearman Mills
Phone(207) 641-3837
Secondary First NameBeth
Secondary Last NameAndersen
Secondary Phone(207) 468-8581
Primary CategoryWelcoming Services
Direct ServicesClothing, Friendship - Companionship, Friendship - Mentoring, Housing - Furniture
Indirect ServicesCommunity - Building, Financial - Coaching
Do You Have Unmet Needs?No
Client TypesOnly Immigrants
Immigrant StatusAll
Selected LocationsBiddeford/Saco
Funding SourcesIndividual/Corporate donors
Annual Budget$0-$9,999
MIRC Member?Yes
Any other information you wish to share?Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk is our fiscal agent. We have a separate account that one of our founders (a member of that church) manages. A small group of people started reaching out to the Biddeford immigrant community about 3 years ago. In the last 18 months the group has gained new members and is developing an organizational structure.
Our primary mechanism for developing relationships with individuals and families is through small Care Teams. Guiding principles provide direction but allow flexibility for responding to family needs, thus each Care Team and immigrant family relationship is unique
A core group meets twice monthly to oversee services and continue to develop our organizational structure. We currently don't have enough volunteers to match every family with a Care Team and thus make determinations based on known need.