MAINEFOCUS -- THOMASTON, MAINE -- 12/09/2016 -- Safi Paulo (center) is surrounded by her children shortly after returning home from work, checking Facebook on her smartphone while chatting with her sister-in-law Yalla Kaluta (not shown) and relaxing in the kitchen. The kitchen and living rooms are the epicenter of the Kaluta family home, with people near constantly moving in and out of either room. Micky Bedell | BDN

More than 75 people have reached out to the first refugee family to be relocated to a small town in Maine after learning of their feelings of isolation, in an outpouring of support at a time when the refugee resettlement program has become a hotly debated issue on the national stage.
A BDN article published in early January chronicled the challenges facing the Kaluta family, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as they adjust to life in Thomaston, population 2,781.
For instance, no one in the family of 15 has a license or car, and there is no reliable public transportation in Thomaston, so they must depend on rides from volunteers.
Only two members of the family spoke English when they arrived in the country last summer, and opportunities for adult education in the Thomaston area remain limited. As the only apparent Africans in a small, mostly white town, the …
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