Sen. Hwang: Greater Bridgeport Integration Program “Is About Empowerment”

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Sen. Tony Hwang (top row, far left) on Nov. 29 met with participants in Our Woven Community, a program at Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport which helps refugee women from war-torn countries to become more economically self-sufficient and integrated into the community.

Every Our Woven Community item is hand made by refugee women now living in greater Bridgeport. Each item is made from donated materials and fabrics from the local community and fabric and materials from Africa.

“This program is an inspiring success story and I hope to see it grow and grow,” said Sen. Hwang. “Participants come from war-torn African nations – places where their lives were turned upside down and places devoid of hope. Here in America – and at Our Woven Community – hope lives. Participants learn and develop tangible skills while generating supplemental income. I urge area residents to consider Our Woven Community products during the holiday season.”

“Each piece created at Our Woven Community symbolizes the importance of weaving lives, cultures, and communities together,” Sen. Hwang said. “This program provides the artists with opportunity for creativity, community integration, and economic growth.”

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.

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

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