Our Woven Community comes together for refugees

Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) recently met with participants in Our Woven Community, a program at Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport which provides opportunities for refugee women to become more economically self-sufficient and integrated into the community.

Our Woven Community teaches refugee women the skill of sewing and nurtures their artistry to create products they can sell. Every Our Woven Community item is handmade by a refugee woman now living in greater Bridgeport. Each item is made from donated materials and fabrics from the local community and fabric and materials from Africa. Each piece symbolizes the importance of weaving lives, cultures, and communities together and provides the artists with opportunity for creativity, community integration, and economic growth.

“Our Woven Community is about empowerment, and that’s what America is all about,” Hwang said. “I enjoyed meeting the women who are participating in the program. The tangible skills they are developing adds value to our communities while generating supplemental income for the participants.”

“I plan to share information about this successful outreach program with my fellow state legislators in Hartford,” Hwang added. “I commend program founder Cynthia Davis and everyone at the Burroughs Community Center on the positive impact they are having on people’s lives in our region. At our core, we are a nation of compassion. To see these women refugees being supported and encouraged to pursue the American dream by honing and marketing their valuable skills is truly inspiring.”

Our Woven Community relies on community partnerships including local retailers, Hazel Daze of Bridgeport, Mama Jane’s Global Boutique of Southport and The Fabric Factory of Milford. The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield has provided funding for sewing machines and notions. The project is also supported by the Vincent J. Coates Foundation.

Our Woven Community is always looking to increase its volunteer network. For more information on upcoming events and for ways to become involved, contact the Burroughs Community Center at www.burroughscc.org or call (203) 334-0293.

Hwang (senatorhwang.com) represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.