The Havenly Fellowship
Breaking down barriers. One treat at a time.
New Haven, our city and inspiration, is one of the largest resettlement centers for refugees in the United States. Refugees bring with them new flavors, traditions and talents from all over the world. But more often than not, our neighbors face daunting unemployment. Imagine moving to a completely different country and trying to find a job with little to no English, no employment records and no friends. These barriers are challenging, but they are not insurmountable.
At Havenly, we envision a day when refugee integration is a collaborative effort that leads to better opportunity for all. In pursuit of this ideal, we have created the Havenly Fellowship, a job training program that seeks to address the specific barriers to employment that female refugees face.
For four months, fellows “earn while they learn”, gaining confidence and crucial skills. Our industrial kitchens become hands-on classrooms to learn about industrial baking and food safety. Classes cover food safety certification, digital and financial literacy, ESL, resume building and measurements and proportions. At the end of the program, fellows are placed in jobs with local businesses.
Havenly is a model for universities to welcome and support refugees in their cities. We are proud to be based in New Haven, Connecticut, the site of both prominent refugee resettlement and Yale University. Our goal is to replicate our model across colleges in the United States.
Havenly is fiscally sponsored by Dwight Hall, a local 501c3. Read more about their work to develop leaders in social justice on our partners page.
We founded Havenly Treats with a mission to support immigrant communities in New Haven by redirecting resources from Yale to the community.Our co-founder, Nieda, was resettled to our city from Iraq 5 years ago. In Iraq, she ran a bakery and two convenience stores. But in New Haven, she struggled to even land a normal job, barely supporting her family through cash assistance and food stamps. Poor English, limited literacy, and no social networks make it extremely challenging for refugees in our communities to access the same opportunities we do. Often, refugees choose underpaid jobs over education, getting stuck in cycles of poverty and unemployment. That is why we partnered with Nieda to launch a bakery that could equip refugee women with the skills they need to succeed in the food industry, while also earning an income.