A Café on a Mission

Our café is a home, training space, and community center for refugee and immigrant women stuck in cycles of poverty.

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  • Our Mission

    We build the community power of refugee and immigrant women through job training, education, and civic engagement.

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  • Our Café & Homestyle Kitchen

    Our wholesome and nourishing menu is inspired by Chef Nieda's history of migration from Iraq to New Haven. All profits support refugee and immigrant women.

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"Havenly opened doors that I didn't even know were there."

Amna, Cohort 3

  • “If your neighbor is hungry”: The tenacity of Nieda Abbas

    [Nieda] oversees job training in the kitchen and teaches fellow refugee and immigrant women how to cook. [...] When asked about the connection between cooking and advocacy, Abbas paused and said, “they say in my country: don’t sleep if your neighbor is hungry.”

    Read more on Yale Daily News 
  • Project Innovation: Refugee Women Find Sisterhood, Support in New Haven

    "Havenly’s mission looks beyond the traditional model of refugee resettlement, offering refugee women a six-month paid fellowship. Cohorts of women work at the community café on Temple Street while attending classes ranging from finance to English to civic education."

    Read more on NBC 
  • The New York Times: Breaking the Ramadan Fast in Quarantine

    "But Ms. Abbas, 44, is working to help. Every morning, she cooks for Havenly [Treats] a nonprofit organization that helps refugee chefs sell food. Drawing from her work as a baker in Iraq, she cooks about 200 meals for people in need. She makes fatayer with cheese and za’atar, elegant cucumber salads with spices, and homemade sauce."

    Read more on NYTimes 
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