Deepening our committment to asylum seekers & immigrants

Hope Acts work is rooted in our strong belief that asylum seekers and immigrants deserve an opportunity to thrive in the U.S. Our apartment building in downtown Portland ME, Hope House, is both a home for asylum seekers and a space where we provide English classes and individualized support.


Hope House Transitional Housing

Hope House is the first American home for up to 13 adult asylum seekers. Hope House residents are encouraged to engage with Portland’s people and places and take advantage of the many resources offered both in-house and by others.

HHELP – English Language Program

The Hope House English Language Program (HHELP) offers adult ESOL students an opportunity to develop and practice their reading, writing, listening and spoken English Language skills in small, supportive classes.

ASAP – Asylum Seeker Assistance Program

The Asylum Seeker Assistance Program (ASAP) is open to any asylum seeker needing help accessing services or understanding/completing documents.

Get Involved

Hope Acts programs are possible because of the generous support of donors and volunteers. In 2019, volunteers contributed over 8,700 hours to Hope Acts.

Would you like to volunteer? We invite you to find out more about the many meaningful ways you can get more involved.


Learn more about Hope Acts

Our 2018 annual report shows how Hope Acts and our supporters answered the question “what else can we do to help the newest arrivals to Portland so they can have a better chance of a successful life in our community?”. You are also welcome to contact us if you would like more information.

Download the Annual Report

Thanks to sponsors of our 2019 event, An evening with Richard Blanco