Weaving the community together: Program teaches refugee women how to sew in Bridgeport

Sarria said although they all speak different languages and come from different places, the program has also given them each motivation, purpose and a woven community.

Angelica Toruno

Jul 10, 2024, 10:04 PM

Updated 7 days ago

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A program in Bridgeport is helping to teach refugee women how to sew.
Mirna Sarria, a refugee from Nicaragua, arrived to the United States about a year ago and has started to learn to sew at the Burroughs Community Center.
The Our Woven Community program aims to provide participants with the skill so they can sew different items and sell them.
"It helps women coming in as refugees learn a skill, to be able to earn some income to help them be financially independent and learn English," said program manager Therese LeFever.
Sarria said although they all speak different languages and come from different places, the program has also given them each motivation, purpose and a woven community.
The program is entirely volunteer based, and they are always looking for more volunteers. They also accept fabric and monetary donations. Find their shop and more information here.


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