Thanks Veronica Polinedrio for the support! HCD has been a super important piece of how we do what we do. Appreciate you sharing info about KRM. I hadn't heard of them, and it looks like they're doing great work. I particularly like their post on "Why You Should Hire A Refugee". Are you involved with the organization? I'd love to learn more about their model. We work closely with The African Community Center (acc-den.org) and Project Worthmore (projectworthmore.org) here in Denver, and it's always great to learn from other similar organizations.
Sultan Hussein it is still a work in progress, and we will definitely make many changes from the pilot stage as we expand. As Omotola williams explained so well, a lot depends upon the space, so much of our focus right now is on securing a space. That way, we can provide services in a more convenient and affordable way. It also allows us to bring in revenue from multiple sources so we don't have to rely as much on grants long term. Certainly open to feedback and ideas!
Christina - I am so very moved to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your reaction to The Village Institute's work. We are always working to make sure that we are providing a space where single mom refugees feel at home and empowered, so your support is extra meaningful. We are starting in the USA in Colorado, with the hopes of expanding to other parts of the country and perhaps around the world. Even if The Village Institute doesn't open up a center where you live, though, we also hope to continue learning and partnering with communities around the world to reimagine refugee resettlement and invest in the power of refugee women! <3