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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 12,800 immigrants

from 110 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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clients receive on-site and online consultations from ILS
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volunteers have supported us during the pandemic.

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

Naturalization rates rebound from COVID

November 16, 2021

The number of people who became naturalized US citizens substantially increased in 2021. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 808,000 individuals naturalized in the 2021 fiscal year which ended on September 30, 2021. In the fiscal year 2020, only 625,400 people naturalized. This increase follows Covid-19 pandemic office reopenings and the Biden…

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Biden ‘Remains in Mexico’ to the dismay of many

October 25, 2021

On October 15, 2021, the Biden administration announced its decision to reinstate Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy to take effect in November.  The policy requires migrants to remain in Mexico pending their asylum hearings.  Earlier this year the Biden administration terminated the policy. Then the states of Texas and Missouri sued, the federal court ordered…

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Life under ‘extreme hardship’

October 15, 2021

From New York Magazine, a very well-told story of the family trauma inflicted by our irrational immigration laws. This is a story about how we came to understand and experience immigration law – what it’s like to feel the awful weight of the state in your daily life, pressing suddenly on the most intimate of…

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New proposed DACA regulations are a modest step forward

September 30, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security published proposed new regulations for the DACA program.  This is the first step in trying to get DACA established via the normal federal regulatory process.  The original DACA program was created by a memo of the Secretary of Homeland Security in2012, rather than through legislation or a regulation based on…

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Connecticut’s population diversity continues to increase

August 19, 2021

Connecticut grew substantially more diverse in the past decade, based on newly released Census data. The Hispanic and Latino population increased from 13.4% to 17.3%.  The Black population increased from 10.1% to 10.8%. The Asian population grew from 3.8% to 4.8%.  Non-Hispanic whites decreased from 77.6% of the total in 2010 to 66.4% in 2020. …

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Towards more humane treatment of immigrant crime victims

August 16, 2021

On August 11, 2021 the Biden administration issued guidance instructing U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) to stop the detention and deportation of immigrants who were victims of crime. ICE described the new policy as a “victim-centered approach.” ICE Director Tae Johnson said the guidance may help immigrants come forward to assist in investigations.  “When…

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Biden Administration gives more flexibility for resolving Immigration Court cases

July 23, 2021

On July 15, 2021 Attorney General Merrick Garland restored the authority of immigration judges nationwide to pause and remove low priority immigration cases from the backlog of immigration court cases.  There are now more than 1.3 million cases pending in Immigration Courts – a backlog that doubled under Trump. This decision issued in Matter of…

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New DACA applicants back in limbo

July 22, 2021

It was a brief breath of fresh air for many Dreamers.  In January, the government started accepting new DACA applicants for the first time since early in the Trump era.  These are all persons who arrived as children and have been in the U.S. since at least 2007. On July 16, a federal judge in…

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New hope for asylum claimants

June 24, 2021

On June 16th U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland reversed restrictions on asylum eligibility imposed by the Trump administration. Garland’s decision means that Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security will return to pre-Trump era immigration policies and guidelines for asylum protection. Individuals fleeing gender-based violence, gang brutality, and persecution because of familial ties…

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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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Visit Us

  • Our address

    75 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT 06902

  • Phone

    (203) 674-8585

  • We are open

    Monday - Thursday from 8 AM to 7 PM;
    Friday and Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM;
    Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!
B1C will be closed on Thursday, November 25, 2021, and will be reopened on Friday, November 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
All our classes will be suspended until Monday, November 29, 2021.

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Since 2011, we've served more than 12,800 immigrants from 110 countries. With your generosity, we will continue to adapt and emerge stronger to build a more equitable and secure future for our immigrant community.

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