Khadija Guled, Portland, 2009

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“It’s not an easy job. Everybody has problems. What keeps me going is the resilience these families have, after what they have been through. Some of them have been in the camps for years. It’s so scary for them coming here. In spite of all the challenges, they still want a job. They still want to go to school. They still want their kids to do well.” Their bravery inspires Guled, who knows how to elicit trust among clients wary of sharing their troubles with strangers. A graduate of University of Southern Maine’s School of Social Work, Guled uses her profession to help other New Mainers.

Khadija Guled immigrated to Maine from Somalia, and as of 2017, is a social worker in Portland.

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