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  • The center is open from Mon-Fri 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. for emergencies and appointments ONLY. • El centro está abierto de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m. SOLO para emergencias y citas. • You can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19 here.
  • Our Mission

    Building One Community's mission is to advance the successful integration of immigrants and their families.

    Our Vision

    One welcoming community in which all immigrants are thriving and contributing members.

    Our Promise

    We deliver compassionate service to make all immigrants feel welcome and to enrich the entire community.

    $2.1 Billion

    in total net business income is generated by immigrant businesses in Connecticut

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    of children in the Stamford public schools speak a first language other than English

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    of Stamford residents are born outside the U.S.

    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 10 years,

    we have served over 12,500 immigrants

    from 108 different countries.

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    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

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    OUR PROGRAMS

    Learn English

    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.

    School Services

    Parent involvement in the school community helps children succeed.

    Adult Literacy

    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.

    IMMIGRATION NEWS

    Supreme Court deals setback to TPS holders

    June 13, 2021

    On  June 7th, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Sanchez v. Mayorkas that immigrants who entered the U.S. without inspection and were subsequently granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) cannot qualify for permanent residency without leaving the country.  The Court ruled that Adjustment of Status to obtain lawful permanent residency in the U.S. is solely for noncitizens who were inspected at the border and admitted by an immigration officer.  Therefore, a majority of the approximate…

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    B1C honors Judge Robert Katzmann, distinguished jurist and founder of Immigrant Justice Corps

    June 12, 2021

    Building One Community honors the memory of Judge Robert A. Katzmann, who died this past week. Among his many professional and personal contributions, Judge Katzmann created the Immigrant Justice Corps, a program that enables recent law school graduates to gain in-depth experience in immigration law and represent immigrants that are facing nearly impossible odds for…

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    New TPS for Haiti authorized

    May 24, 2021

    The government announced that Haiti will be redesignated for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) as a result of conditions in the country. Haitians in the U.S. as of May 21, 2021 will be able to apply for TPS for two years and apply for work permits. Haitians currently covered by previous TPS designations will be able…

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    Census documents the slowdown in population growth

    May 10, 2021

    According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population growth during the last decade was the slowest since the 1930s. From 2010 to 2020 the U.S. population grew by 7.4%, which is the second lowest rate since the U.S. began taking a decennial census in 1790. The lowest rate was during the Great Depression era. Economists…

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    Webinar on Venezuela TPS available online

    May 7, 2021

    The webinar on Venezuela TPS is available here. The one-hour conversation with leading immigration attorneys provided a framework for understanding the requirements for TPS, the benefits and risks of applying, and how to prepare the applications. In conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Lower Fairfield County Immigration Collaborative,…

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    Consulate Closures

    April 29, 2021

    As of April 8th, 2021, 76% of U.S. consulates remain fully or partially closed to visa processing to safeguard against the pandemic. This affects 71% of all visa applicants. While President Biden ended President Trump’s immigrant visa ban, this number of closures essentially continues the ban on legal immigration. According to a February 2021 State…

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    B1C to host webinar on Venezuela TPS

    April 22, 2021

    B1C will host a webinar on Venezuela TPS on May 4, 2021. The webinar will provide information on the process and requirements for applying for TPS from immigration attorneys. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions. The webinar will be followed by optional free consultations with immigration attorneys on May 22d. The flyer includes…

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    Unaccompanied Minors

    April 15, 2021

    The surge in crossings at the southern border increases the number of unaccompanied minors in Connecticut. In March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it expected to see the southern border receive more immigrants than in the last 20 years. Most adults will be sent back to their home countries, and only unaccompanied minors…

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    Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela

    March 29, 2021

    On March 8, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Venezuelans eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new designation allows Venezuelan nationals (and individuals that last resided in Venezuela) currently living in the United States to file for TPS. During the 18-month period, TPS recipients can legally live and work…

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    Dream & Promise Act passage in House is a first step toward residency for Dreamers and TPS holders

    March 21, 2021

    Enactment remains uncertain The House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act by a vote of 228-197 on March 18.  The bill provides a path to residency to about 3 million immigrants. It covers Dreamers – young people who came to the U.S. as children – and holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), most…

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    Visit Us

    • Our address

      75 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT 06902

    • Phone

      (203) 674-8585

    • We are open

      Monday - Saturday from 7:30am to 8pm;
      Sunday from 8am to 6pm

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    Ximena
    Colombia

    I like B1C because it’s a place of support, where they teach immigrants, like myself, how to navigate the Anglo Saxon community.

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    Mario
    Guatemala

    B1C is a place of opportunity for people to get a job and learn English. You get help and guidance on what you need.

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    Patricia
    Guatemala

    B1C is like a big family. They help us in our needs. I appreciate very much the support that they have given me. I have progressed on my English skills.

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    Dolman
    Guatemala

    My experience - they were very lovely, it's a good service, excellent people, they wait on you very well. They always treated me so well.

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    Amal
    Morocco

    B1C set my children and I on the right way, illuminating it with aid and guidance, giving me the tools needed to persist and setting us on a path towards success.

    Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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    Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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