A Family Reunited
Today we celebrate a family reunited in the U.S with a bright future for the three siblings: Beberly, Elvis, and Darwin. This story is proof that immigrant families need legal representation when fighting deportation.
Since 2016, the siblings from Guatemala faced an uncertain future, being detained and placed in removal proceedings. For years, B1C has fought to support them with Immigration Legal Services and more. Recently the three siblings were granted Lawful Permanent Resident Status; a victory for all! They are now living with their mother in Stamford, CT who came from Guatemala earlier. Beberly, now 22, has graduated high school and is working towards becoming a social worker. Elvis, a high schooler, dreams of becoming a business entrepreneur. The youngest sibling Darwin, just eleven, is excited to have a career in technology.
B1C and our growing Immigration Legal Services team are proud to have been part
of their journey! With your donation, we look forward to supporting more families to secure a bright future!
Together with our fantastic volunteer tutors, we have helped more than 900 immigrants prepare for their citizenship exams over the last ten years. We are grateful for our volunteers that give countless hours to support our participants in passing the exam.
We are proud to have helped vaccinate more than 1400 community members! Our community knows that B1C is the trusted resource to protect them– especially as we battle a pandemic. This December, we are holding our 6th vaccination clinic to encourage youth to get vaccinated.
In 2011, we opened our doors to become a welcoming point of entry for newcomers from all parts of the world. Immigrants who relied on a patchwork of services in a system that didn’t fully understand their needs – and those who went without any help at all – discovered a place that we created with them in mind. Since then, thousands of Stamford-area immigrants and non-immigrants have come together to build one stronger community.
Message from Board Chair and Executive Director
Over the last 10 years, Building One Community is proud to have positively impacted the lives of 12,800 immigrants from 110 countries, providing them and their families with essential services that EDUCATE, EMPLOY, EMPOWER, and ENGAGE as they make Connecticut their home.
Having nimbly adapted to the challenges of COVID-19, we are inspired by immigrants’ bravery and determination to build a better life here, even during a pandemic. Today, we celebrate you and all who have come together to build one robust, diverse and inclusive community.
Looking towards the future, we are excited and honored to advance our humanitarian efforts to support all newcomers! With your support, we will continue to adapt and emerge stronger to build a more sustainable, equitable, and secure future for our immigrant community.
Please consider donating. Your support makes a big difference. Forward together!
Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Anne Downey Anka Badurina, Ph.D.
Board Chair Executive Director