In late May, we announced the launch of our brand new Hope House mentoring program with the goal of pairing each Hope House resident with a mentor who would offer support by: fostering a sense of personal empowerment; increasing their engagement with Greater Portland’s people and community resources; and supporting them in making progress toward individually set goals pertaining to English language acquisition, independent living, and career development. We have recruited our first round of mentors, and our training will take place at the end of June. The training will focus on the basics of the asylum process, anti-racism/cultural humility, boundaries, and the vision of our program. As the mentoring relationships begin, we’ll also hold a monthly peer support circle for mentors to discuss challenges, successes, and additional training concepts. We are grateful to the staff at Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services for sharing their experiences and materials around mentoring to guide us as we’ve crafted ours. If you’d like to learn more about Hope House mentoring, contact Volunteer Coordinator Matthew Braun at (207) 274-6005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.