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  • Annual Giving to Building One Community

    Hello Friends of B1C:

    Our mission of bringing passionate people together to help immigrants and their families succeed in the community takes many shapes and forms throughout the year at Building One Community. Adilah’s story is just one example of what we do, why the programs provided at our welcoming center are so needed and what the generosity of people like you means for our community.

    Adilah came to the United States from Northern Africa with her 10-year-old daughter. As a single mother, she knew that building a life here would be challenging, but she also knew that she could not build a life in her home country. So she took English as a Second Language classes and enrolled in our Home Health Aide training program. After having a second daughter who was born in Stamford, she realized that she was unable to care for both her infant and her elementary schooler. Adilah had to make the heart breaking decision to send her baby to live with her parents in Africa.

    With hard work, dedication, and the assistance of Building One Community’s staff, partners and volunteers, Adilah received her Home Health Aide certificate from Norwalk Community College and graduated with flying colors. Her English is excellent and she is now employed at a local hospital. She saw that she could take good care of both children, and her parents recently brought her baby back to her. Meanwhile, Adilah’s daughter is a happy 5th  grader, thanks in part to the after-school enrichment activities at our community center.

    Reunited as a family, they are thriving with the support of Building One Community.


    This is just one example of the work that you make possible by contributing to Building One Community. In many ways, we seek to educate, employ, empower and engage our clients and community. The programs that we provide seven days a week include:

    • English as a Second Language for speakers of more than 25 languages;
    • Skills Development Programs to train and place our clients in positions such as Home Health Aides, catering staff, and construction/landscaping workers; and
    • Support to address school family engagement, health, and legal immigration issues.

    In a year in which we struggled with the painful images of family separation and the word “immigrant” became a derogatory term for so many, our work is more important than ever. We need your help to continue to fulfill the needs of hard-working immigrants in our community.

    Your donation will keep families together and help them succeed.

    "My Family" by Adilah's daughter

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

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