Diverse Population Resources

There are many communities of people living in Maine with unique and diverse needs that may require specialized, culturally specific services to help meet those needs. 

To begin searching for information on some of the diverse population resources in Maine, click on a category below.

LGBTQ+ Resources

EqualityMaine is a statewide organization that is committed to creating a fair and just society for LGBTQ+ Mainers. 

LGBTQ+ Parent Resources are available for parents and caregivers to support LGBTQ+ youth. This site provides information about services and resources for LGBTQ+ youth regarding mental health, health care, education, and legal rights.    

Multicultural Services  

Boys and Girls Club of Border Towns is a program primarily serving Indigenous youth in Aroostook County using an evidence-based curriculum to support the prevention and intervention of substance use, behavioral issues, and suicide prevention and provides culturally appropriate strategies to cope with trauma.  

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services is Maine’s only refugee resettlement program and is dedicated to helping those seeking a new life in America become independent, productive members of our community.

New Mainers Resource Center is a Portland Adult Education program serving immigrants, refugees, and employers. NMRC primarily provides job-readiness training as well as credentialing assistance for skilled professionals.

FEDCAP Maine – New Mainer Services administers the ASPIRE program for TANF-eligible refugee and immigrant clients. ASPIRE helps TANF recipients move towards financial independence through case management, job training, education, support, and employment services.

Wabanki Public Health and Wellness provides community-driven, culturally centered public health and social services to all Wabanaki communities and people while honoring Wabanaki cultural knowledge, cultivating innovation, and fostering collaboration.

Multicultural Community and Family Support Services provides behavioral and mental health services, youth education and recreation programs, immigration assistance, job-readiness services, and court and medical interpretation services in French, Somali, and Arabic to Mainers in Androscoggin County and statewide.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) is Maine’s only statewide immigration and legal services organizations. ILAP provides direct legal and community education services.

Portland of Opportunity: seeks to direct New Mainers towards essential resources, as well as to inform those who are looking to learn more about the resources available in Portland for themselves or to help others.

Veteran and Military Resources 

Maine Hire a Vet: Maine Career Centers serve all veterans including those with significant barriers to employment including disability, economic or educational disadvantages, homelessness, and previous incarceration. 

Veteran Community Integration ServicesSome military veterans who are not currently eligible to receive Community Integration Services through MaineCare reimbursement are eligible to receive access to assessment and evaluation for community services through the Office of Behavioral Health. Contact Health Affiliates of Maine for more information.

Pine Tree Legal Military Services is committed to making sure that Mainers who have military experience are aware of the laws that protect them and the resources available to help.

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services leads Maine's veteran advocate community in creating a streamlined, fully-integrated continuity of programs to bolster veterans' employment opportunities, improve veterans' access to education opportunitiesreduce homelessness, enhance mental health programs and honor our veterans' remarkable legacy of service. Additional resources can be found in their Maine Veterans Benefits and Resource Guide (PDF).

Interpreter and Translator Services 

Maine Department of Education Translator and Interpreter Services: A list of telephonic and in person translator and interpreter services.  

211 Maine Qualified Interpreter Directory: Includes a list of qualified providers, including medical and court interpreters, who speak over 35 languages.

For local community information about resources to help families and individuals meet their needs contact 211 Maine, a free and confidential helpline: