~ MISSION ~
The mission of United Somali Women of Maine (USWM) is to assists refugee and immigrant women living in Maine in a manner which reflects their gender and cultural practices. United Somali Women of Maine fulfills its mission by serving as cultural brokers, barrier reducers, skill enhancers, and problem solvers.
The United Somali Women of Maine Women’s Center works to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services, self-sufficiency, advocacy, empowerment, increase access to information, prevent all types of violence and promote a non-sexist, multi-cultural environment that rises up the strengths of refugee women and girls.
The Center creates safe space through the provision of staff and services that takes in to account refugee identity; prior work and educational experience; needs and skill levels, including language proficiency; and the need for support services.
~ HISTORY ~
The USWM was formed in 2001, by refugee women to respond to the arrival of a significant population of Somali refugees and secondary migrants (refugees originally resettled to a different location in the United States who then subsequently moved to Maine). USWM achieved 501(c) (3) status in December 2005.
United Somali Women of Maine (USWM) is a refugee organization that serves as a bridge between refugee families and service providers to:
- Promote self-sufficiency for refugee families;
- Advance gender understanding and cultural sensitivity among people; and to
- Empower refugee families to pro-actively build strong families and community stability.
The success of the organization is not because we are a stand-alone center; instead, our success comes through the strength of our broad network of Community Partners and their programs and services that are also dedicated to the promotion of self-sufficiency and empowerment of the refugee community.