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 10 years,
we have served over 12,500 immigrants
from 108 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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More