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women graduated from the Havenly Fellowship


% of graduates in secure employment


% of women engaged in Havenly community organizing

  • Chandan A.

    We love this little gem of a place!
    They have great food and the commitment to representing their roots is very clear when you bite into the food! The staff is always very friendly and happy to share information about the great food they make! Always a 5 star experience

  • Equinox N.

    The nicest staff I’ve ever experienced and I work In the food industry. Just a welcoming vibe with great flavor, service and portion size.

  • Angela M.

    Besides being a beautiful place with great music, light and decorations, this place has delicious food including a tasty lentils soup, chicken shawarma wrap and the best baklava I’ve ever had! The arabic coffee was incredible too 🙌🏻 It was admirable to find out that this restaurant also seeks to enpower and support refugee women👏🏻

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    Havenly Café Celebrated 'Employment Partners' At Appreciation Dinner

    Havenly Café recognized, thanked its incredible community partners who employ refugee and immigrant women from our job training program.

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

    Representatives from Havenly Café drove a brand new Kia Carnival off the lot Tuesday, a gift from Lindy Lee Gold and the Amour Propre Fund.

    Read more on CT Insider 
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    Beyond Pizza and Yale: What to See, Eat and Do in New Haven

    Though the academic scene continues to imbue this coastal Connecticut city with a certain gravitas, surrounding neighborhoods are showing off their own cultural capital in the realms of art, food, music and more.

    Read more on the New York Times 
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    CT gets ‘creative’ with ARPA-funded efforts to expand labor pool

    In wake of pandemic, wave of retirements, $70M CareerConneCT targets communities with historically low labor force participation; over 1,200 job placements so far.

    Read more on CT Mirror 
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    At CT’s Havenly Café, refugee and immigrant women find opportunity and companionship

    The nonprofit cafe in New Haven trains immigrant and refugee women to work in restaurants, child care and more.

    Read more on CT Insider 
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    Havenly Honors Refugee Employers

    Local bakers, daycare leaders, and healthcare providers came together to celebrate the success of a downtown cafe’s efforts to get New Haven employers to hire refugee and immigrant women.

    Read more on New Haven Independent 
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    "She Became One Of Us:" Havenly Community Honors A Fallen Sister

    Roya Mohammadi radiated light. Her sisters are not going to stop telling her story until they know what happened to her. 

    Read more on Arts Council 
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    Bank Of America Awards Havenly $200K 'Neighborhood Builders' Grant

    New Haven nonprofit Havenly helps immigrant, refugee women establish economic, civic, and community power through job training, education.

    Read more on Patch 
  • Job Training, Education, Friendship and a Voice

    Many things drew Ana Hernandez to the Havenly fellowship program: She would be one of 15 women, immigrants and refugees from around the world, who would receive culinary training, and would help run the Havenly Cafe. She would earn money while working and as she learned, taking classes in English, digital and financial literacy. What she hadn’t expected to discover was a sisterhood.

    Read more on the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven 
  • Housing Workshop IDs Rent Help Hurdles

    Camila Guiza-Chavez asked a roomful of women — mostly refugees, many facing housing insecurity — if anyone had applied for the city’s new federally funded, pandemic-era housing assistance programs. 

    “No,” was the unanimous reply. 

    Then she asked if anyone in the room had even heard of these programs. She was met again with a resounding: ​“No.”

    Read more on New Haven Independent 
  • Small-Biz Bucks Fall From Haven(ly)

    Entisar Elamin was chopping parsley Monday for a batch of baba ganoush when a parade of official visitors popped in with their own recipe — for helping other women like her make it in the Connecticut economy.

    Elamin, a refugee from Sudan, was at work in the kitchen of Havenly Treats within the cavernous strip of storefronts across from Criterion Cinemas on Temple Street.

    Read more on New Haven Independent 
  • Housing Backers Make Last Pitch For Covid $

    “Each time we come feeling more strong in calling this a political failure,” said Camila Guiza-Chavez, an organizer with the Sisters in Diaspora Collective, a group of local immigrant and refugee women that has called on the city to spend $62.5 million in ARPA aid on housing programs.

    Read more on New Haven Independent 
  • From Cultural Companions to a Multicultural Café

    Since the light has shone brightly through one open door after another, the dynamic duo has welcomed dozens of other refugee and immigrant women. The café stands out so uniquely because of their integrative and inspiring atmosphere. Any and all new hires grow into the diverse,Havenlyfamily through their six-week fellowship program that has drastically evolved since their first fellowship.

    Read more on Iris' Website 
  • Havenly Grows Social Justice Mission With New Menu

    In the Baghdad Bowl, Nieda Abbas channels the flavors of her first home country with curried chicken, rice, peas, carrots and almonds sliced whisper thin. In the Sakarya Bowl, she adds roasted beef meatballs, a fragrant tomato sauce, and a lemony, green tabbouleh from her years as a refugee in Turkey.

    Read more on Arts Council of Greater New Haven 
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