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Building One Community

The Center for Immigrant Opportunity

aka B1C   |   Stamford, CT   |  www.building1community.org

Mission

Building One Community's mission is to advance the successful integration of immigrants and their families.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Anka Badurina

Main address

75 Selleck St

Stamford, CT 06902 USA

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Formerly known as

Neighbors Link Stamford

EIN

27-5024317

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Employment Training (J22)

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English as a Second Language Instruction

Census data indicate that most new immigrants lack English language skills, a fact that hinders their integration into the community and creates a critical issue as they seek living wage employment.

English as a Second Language instruction (ESL) is one of the main programs at B1C. We offer 4 levels of ESL, from beginner to conversational, and also provide English and Spanish literacy for adults who would like to learn to read/write, and English practice for the US Citizenship test. Dedicated volunteers provide all English language instruction at the center.

Adults wishing to take our ESL classes should come to the center 30 minutes before the first class to register and take an exam for ESL level placement. After attending 20 sessions, students’ English language skills are reassessed, and they may move up one or more levels.

We also offer tutoring sessions where students can work in smaller groups on specific subject

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

To create our Workforce Development Program, B1C followed a multi-step process.

We conducted in-depth research to identify sectors with high growth potential where there were shortages or high turnover of workers.We gauged supply and demand for workers in the local market.
We evaluated the needs of local businesses, and workers’ needs and wants.
As a result, our program is specifically tailored to the immigrant community and the greater Stamford community. We want our students to get trained and get hired!

Based on our research, we created a Skills Development Program (SDP) that provides three tracks of industry specific, certificate-based training in:

Culinary and Catering,
Home Health Aide (HHA), and
Construction + Landscaping (C+L)
The program uses education, training and support to improve immigrants’ economic well-being while strengthening our local community.
To complete the process, our Hiring Site connects SDP graduates and other workers in the community with jobs.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Individual and Family Support Services assist clients with medical, legal, and social challenges. We have on-site resources and connect with other community-based organizations to make sure that every client has the support they need to succeed.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Our Hiring Site provides job matching as a community resource. We help employers connect with skilled workers for daily or seasonal jobs in a safe, secure and simple way.
We are a referral service and we do not accept fees.

We can help you or your business find workers in the following areas:

Home Health Care: Home Health Aide and Homecare Companions, certificate holders from Norwalk Community College.
Culinary and Catering: Waitstaff, bartender, party help and prep cooks (ServSafe Food Handler Certificates holders).
Home Maintenance: Yard work, landscaping, masons, painting, construction and home repairs (OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety and Health card holders)
Others: Moving, housekeeping, warehouse work.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

B1C is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a provider of high quality, low cost immigration legal services. We have a staff immigration attorney and a team of staff and volunteer representatives who have gone through rigorous training and passed an exam to become accredited and qualified to provide immigration counseling

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

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Financials

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Building One Community

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

José Luis Zepeda

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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