To accommodate the growing concerns of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Elena's Light partnered with Haven Free Clinic and Yale's Community Healthcare van to set up two mobile vaccination clinics within walking distance of our clients. Together, we were able to provide over 120 vaccinations to the immigrant and refugee community in New Haven! We were also able to provide yummy treats from Donut Crazy and host socially distanced programming for children and families to enjoy. The Yale Community Healthcare Van has taken vaccinations to the communities for easier access. Our free vaccination event was one of a handful of events sponsored by the Yale Community Healthcare Van that has given vulnerable communities in New Haven access to Covid-19 vaccination that otherwise would be inaccessible. In line with Elena’s Light’s vision to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, both the Yale Community Healthcare Van and the Haven Free Clinic of New Haven seek to provide reliable healthcare to vulnerable, uninsured communities. Elena’s Light is proud to partner with these like-minded organizations to bring vaccinations to the immigrant and refugee communities.
With the help of 16 returning and new tutors we were able to provide ESL classes to 19 refugee women over the course of two semesters. Through our collaborations with organizations like the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) and the Yale Refugee Clinic we have expanded our reach beyond New Haven to refugee women all the way in Fairfield County! Over the next few semesters we aim to continue this trend and expand our client base into greater Connecticut.
This summer we had incredible demand from the community for our ESL services and had to actively recruit and train over five new tutors. Tutors receive refugee education and cultural competency training prior to teaching. We emphasize sensitivity and empathy to foster cross-cultural exchange and new friendships. Elena’s Light values volunteerism from those who share our vision to provide equity of opportunity to all members of our community.
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