The first load was delivered to Heather Dallas at her storage unit in South Portland. Dallas has been helping asylum seekers move into and furnish apartments in Portland for many years.

When a call went out this winter from Angela Stone of Maine Needs – a Facebook group aimed at helping individuals and families meet basic, material needs – a group in Camden mobilized. The request was for household cleaning supplies for asylum seekers moving out of the Family Shelter in Portland and into completely empty, independent apartments. Stacey Warner (Amjambo Africa’s graphic designer) volunteered her Warner Graphics storefront as a collection site, and soon donations began pouring in. The first load was transported from Camden to Portland on March 6, just before the COVID-19 crisis hit.