- Some victims of domestic violence who need safety and protection so they can leave their abusers and apply for residency under the Violence Against Women Act;
- Certain survivors of torture granted relief under the Convention Against Torture;
- Some unaccompanied minors who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents;
- Many asylum seekers.
When I first came to Maine from Burundi, I needed the help of General Assistance to survive because I had to wait 8 months to receive my work permit. Thanks to the help Maine gave me, I was able to make a new life here and now I am committed to giving back to my community. Many of the people who need help today are like me. We came here fleeing terrible violence and persecution. We want to have safe lives. We want to work. We want to go to school. We want to feed our families and make sure they have a place to live. We're just like other Mainers looking to sustain our lives and contribute to the community. GA helps us get on our feet more quickly so that we can be a part of Maine's future.