Sewing Classes for Refugee Women
WTB’s sewing program for refugees is so popular that as many as 54 people are on the waiting list! This sewing program, led by a small group of WTB volunteers, is one of our most successful programs and makes a big difference for the persons who attend. Graduates are sewing at home, having learned the basics in the class and received a donated sewing machine of their own. They also get some basic materials (thread, pins, needles and bobbins) to start them off.
We have shared potluck meals at locations such as the Islamic Society of Central New York, with Muslim families joining people of other faiths around dinner tables for conversation.
Seeds of Peace
WTB members accompanied local youth participating in the Seeds of Peace program on a trip to the United Nations in 2014 and invited them to share about their experiences at one of our monthly meetings.
We’ve joined with neighbors, refugees and community groups in developing the Tapestry Community Garden on Syracuse’s northside. Refugee families and neighbors readily claimed plots and planted the garden on Isabella Street. The site includes about 15 raised beds. Vegetables, herbs and blossoms flourish! This garden is a partnership among Syracuse Grows, the Northside Collaboratory, the Center for New Americans and others.