The Collective for Refugee and Immigrant Women provides high quality, equity-led, culturally-informed and responsive programs to promote the wellbeing of refugee and immigrant women in New Haven. We actively engage women as valued partners to identify challenges in their lives as well as existing cultural, linguistic and systematic barriers to their resolution. Enhancing leadership and advocacy skills and working in collaboration with local stakeholders, we seek to create and support community-derived and community-driven solutions to promote wellbeing that are impactful and sustainable.
CRIW has worked most recently with preliterate Afghan women in New Haven to create a pilot ESL class in partnership with New Haven Adult Ed and IRIS that will take place at the Wilson Library on Washington Street, New Haven – about a mile (at the most?) from Yale Medical Center. This fall pilot class will run Sept-early Dec.. Almost all the women are moms of young children, and we have an urgent need for volunteer childcare assistants. These individuals would work closely with the childcare leads to be with the children to insure their safety and facilitate fun activities. Childcare assistants would receive cultural competency training and support.