Building One Community's mission is to advance the successful integration of immigrants and their families.
One welcoming community in which all immigrants are thriving and contributing members.
We deliver compassionate service to make all immigrants feel welcome and to enrich the entire community.
B1C helps immigrants become self-sufficient contributors to the community.
As an organization solely dedicated to this underserved population, our mission of advancing the successful integration of immigrants and their families resonates among clients, donors, and volunteers. We engage the community in our work and in ongoing dialogue about the benefits and challenges immigrants bring to our community.
In more than 10 years,
we have served over 13,100 immigrants
from 112 different countries.
We are a hub, where volunteers and community partner organizations offer their experience and expertise to local immigrants in a safe, welcoming place, where people learn from each other, and unmet needs are satisfied.
Through Building One Community, immigrants acquire the tools they need to be self-sufficient and successful, strengthening their families and the entire Stamford community in the process.
At B1C we provide free services that educate, employ, empower and engage immigrants and the broader community.
Our programs include:
- ELL Programs
- Family and Individual Support Services
- Parent Organizing Program POWER
- Immigration Legal Services
- Workforce Development Program
2020 IN NUMBERS
$0given out in emergency food & rental assistance.
0clients receive on-site and online consultations from ILS
0ELL learners participated in on-site and online classes.
0participants in our skills development programs.
0volunteers have supported us during the pandemic.
A common language is essential to being part of a community.
Individual and Family Services
Finding sources of support is crucial for immigrants settling into new lives.
Parent involvement in the school community helps children succeed.
Making sense of many different kinds of communications is a valuable skill.
Learn Skills & Get Hired
Focused, specialized training helps immigrants become employable more quickly.
Immigration Legal Services
Information and support to help immigrants navigate the complicated legal immigration system.
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