Social Service Providers are Very Tired
Article describing the mounting pressures on nonprofit and volunteer organizations in Maine - such as the Maine Association of New Americans and ProsperityME - that strive to assist new immigrants and asylum seekers. Describes the rampant guilt and emotional burnout suffered by the people who staff these organizations as they are increasingly unable to help the people who flood their offices. Describes the impact the coronavirus pandemic and federal delays in processing the claims of asylum seekers have had on the number and severity of cases seen by these organizations, and how the complexity of the issues facing immigrants and asylum seekers can stymie attempts to help them. Discusses how laws preventing asylum seekers from working impacts Maine's worker shortage. Details the limits of assistance offered by the state and calls for Maine to do more to ease the burden on social service organizations.
Epstein, Ivy, "Social Service Providers are Very Tired" (2022). Maine News Index – Amjambo Africa!. 3.