The Welcome Project is a social enterprise that empowers marginalized and at risk refugees and immigrants in Cincinnati by providing jobs, education, and community. The Welcome Project is a project of Wave Pool.
More information can be found at www.welcomecincinnati.org .
The Welcome Project was chosen as the partner organization for a pilot project developed as part of United Way’s ‘The Shift’ program, entitled ‘Cincinnati’s Table’. With this grant The Welcome Project will hold one meal per month for 13 months. These dinners will be held in neighborhoods where we have immigrant and refugees living, inviting the local neighborhood to be part of the meal, allowing everyone a chance to get to know each other, building friendships, and highlighting the neighborhood.
The Welcome Project is planning each of these meals to revolve around theme or focus (such as peace- making, introductions, diaspora, etc.), which will be introduced by a local artist through an interactive artwork or installation, and also strengthened by food cooked by both a long time Cincinnati native from each of these neighborhoods as well as by an immigrant or refugee in order to best start conversations across many groups and bridge divides within our city. Each dinner will be in a different part of the city and will be a partnership with another community organization in order to best reach and include a diverse group of neighborhood voices at each dinner table.
This series of meals will begin in late October at Tikkun Farm in Mt. Healthy with the theme of “repair/restore”, featuring the cooking of a Palestian neighbor as well as the work artist Denise Burge.
In October 2019, the final meal will be a pot-luck and will also be the reveal of a culminating cook book that features all of the chefs, artists, and organizations that partook in this year-long project.
Stories and images about all of the chefs, artists, community partners, and events can be found on our blog.
This project is supported by United Way.