Happy Holidays

Despite a brief morning snowstorm that only affected Downeast Maine and a power outage that only affected our side of town during the afternoon, last night we celebrated the holidays at Mano en Mano during our potluck and posada.  A posada is a Mexican cultural tradition that takes place in December, and in context means “hospitality” or welcoming friends in for a meal and festivities.  Over 70 people attended the event which was complete with music, delicious homemade food, games, and even a nonprofit director playing musical chairs (I made it almost halfway).

As towns across the country do everything in their power to shut their doors to immigrant families, our region stands apart by formally welcoming them.  What began 15 years ago as a project out of the Milbridge Library has now grown to an independent nonprofit complete with 4 year-round staff and 6 apartments in progress.

What we do at Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand is much more than teach English, build affordable housing, interpret, and ensure equal access to social services.  It is our mission to build a stronger Downeast Maine and we do that by building bridges of understanding, appreciation, and community through our programming.  Last night was a wonderful example of those efforts.

Thank you to everyone who is a part of this special community; it has been my honor to serve you during the past 8 months.

Happy holidays and all the best for 2011.

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