The whole wide world is tucked away in East Rock, up a set of carpeted stairs at 235 Nicoll Street. Welcome to IRIS: Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, a non-profit humming with lilting sounds of Swahili, a heated conversation in Arabic, a little Pashto, some tentative English by an ever-rotating group of refugees.
He’s in a paint-splattered shirt and cargo shorts, feet clad in work boots, hopping into a white cargo van with his 5-year-old son, Jordan. The van is emblazoned with his company’s logo: Imperial Wall & Floor Covering. This is Jerome C. Richardson, Jr: father of two, motivated, hardworking small-business owner, and employer of six people. One month ago, he was homeless.
Emerge CT provides transitional work and support to ex-offenders with little education and limited work experience, helping men and women exiting the prison system re-enter the workforce with job training, education and life skills in real time.
Steve Ross's Cast Iron Soul in New Haven is leaping forward with flavor and a serious nod to traditions of beautiful southern cooking.
Over the past six years, Connecticut's Publicly-Assisted Housing Resident Network has evolved into a small powerhouse of increasingly sophisticated advocates.
New Haven's Youth Rights Media has young people doing the real work of documentary filmmaking in their own communities.
At the corner of Asylum and High streets, on the western edge of downtown Hartford, an 83-year-old building was rescued, renovated and filled with tenants. Now, some say, it represents Hartford’s most promising way forward in sustainable housing.
In 1989, Moorish Mauritanians drove as many as 70,000 black Mauritanians from their country. Now, the newly elected Mauritanian government, headed by Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, says it will do all it can to help the remaining 20,000 to return.