The Welcome Project is a social enterprise that combines a cafe with a boutique to train our newest neighbors in restaurant and store management while bringing new life to the business district of Camp Washington, Cincinnati. Welcome's mission is to empower marginalized and at risk refugees and immigrants by providing affordable housing, jobs, education and skills training, so that they will one day take these opportunities and turn them into a lasting, better way of life.
The Welcome Project is an idea that spawned from a partnership between Wave Pool Executive Director and artist Cal Cullen and Sheryl Rajbhandari, founder and executive director of Heartfelt Tidbits. Both have a passion for art and humanitarian work associated with immigrants and refugees. The Welcome Project was a natural fit to provide solutions to gaps they had identified within the local community of the immigrants and refugees.
While the city has 80+ providers that do a tremendous job in assisting with welcoming refugees we recognize the need to expand this. Many who are marginalized and at risk feel isolated and vulnerable. Their art enables them to share their voice without the language and build friendships through the program. Our goal is that this through this business we will be empower immigrants and refugees with knowledge and break down the barriers that many face related to employment and housing.
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