Maine Access Immigrant Network (MAIN) bridges access to health and social services for immigrants and refugees in Portland Maine. Our organization works to build a stronger multicultural community in Portland, and to address refugee health literacy, health care enrollment, and coordination of health care benefits and non-clinical care. MAIN provides resource and referral information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate in English, Arabic, Somali, and French to ensure equal access to programs and services for new Mainers from Africa and Middle East.
Funders & Partners
We are supported through grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement Ethnic Community Self Help Grant, Maine Health Access Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. MAIN has many partners, including the Greater Portland Refugee and Immigrant Health Collaborative, University of New England CHANNELS Project, Care Partners, MaineHealth, Mercy Hospital, and others. Our partners play an important role in providing support to our developing programs.
MAIN was originally founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) by Mohamud Barre and the resettled Somali community. The organization was initially named Somali Culture and Development Association and its mission was to embrace the vision of a free standing community center with staffing to support all Somalis for access to information, resources and services. It was formally renamed to Maine Access Immigrant Network in spring 2014. MAIN has since expanded to serve other African groups, including South Sudanese, Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese, and continues to expand with services to Middle Eastern and other refugee groups.