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

Refugees continue to be marginalized and denied access to basic rights. As an organization, we seek to create the conditions for refugee women to set the priorities and strategies of their own movement for change.

Havenly breaks out of models of integration that prioritize rapid employment and economic self-sufficiency over longer-term education and political consciousness development. Our community café serves as a learning space, source of income and organizing network for refugee women. 

What is a refugee?

We use the word “refugee” as defined in its simplest sense: a person who leaves their country of origin in search of refuge in a different one. Our fellows have official refugee status, are asylum seekers, or come here undocumented or on other visas.

Which communities do we work with?

Our program is open to women from all over the world! However, we primarily work with women from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region and women from Mexico and Central America.

Where do we work?

We are proud to call New Haven home, because it’s a place where the community fights for itself and for each other. This includes the 1 in 6 residents who were born outside of the US, and the more than 5,000 refugees resettled by IRIS in the past years.

History

Havenly breaks out of models of integration that prioritize rapid employment and economic self-sufficiency over longer-term education and political consciousness development. Our community café serves as a learning space, source of income and organizing network for refugee women.

That is why, in 2018, the two started a food business and designed a job training program for refugee and immigrant women stuck in cycles of poverty. After 2 years of working out of borrowed kitchen space, Havenly opened its own cafe and training center in Downtown New Haven, becoming a home for refugee and immigrant women.

In the News

CT café that trains immigrant women for workforce gets ‘dream’ gift, $40K new car, for Great Give

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Beyond Pizza and Yale: What To See, Eat, and Do in New Haven

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At CT’s Havenly Café, refugee and immigrant women find opportunity & companionship

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Havenly Honors Refugee Employers

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Bank Of America Awards Havenly $200K 'Neighborhood Builders' Grant

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‘Havenly': Refugee Women Find Sisterhood, Support in New Haven

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University’s Campus Dining, Havenly Treats Create Employment Equity Program

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Yale students, refugees join with delicious results

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Refugees Reopen Shuttered Bakery

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“A Labor of Love” Transforms Havenly Treats

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