|Organization Name||Welcoming Immigrants Our New Neighbors|
|501c3 Status||Different type, e.g., §501(c)(4)|
|Description/Mission||DRAFT: 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 Address||No Physical Address|
|Mailing Address||Christ Church |
6 Dane St.
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
|Last Name||Dearman Mills|
|Secondary First Name||Beth|
|Secondary Last Name||Andersen|
|Secondary Phone||(207) 468-8581|
|Primary Category||Welcoming Services|
|Direct Services||Clothing, Friendship - Companionship, Friendship - Mentoring, Housing - Furniture|
|Indirect Services||Community - Building, Financial - Coaching|
|Do You Have Unmet Needs?||No|
|Client Types||Only Immigrants|
|Funding Sources||Individual/Corporate donors|
|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.