Get Involved

There are multiple ways you can contribute to Sanctuary Kitchen, from volunteering in the kitchen to signing up as an interpreter, we'd love to work together!


Support Our Catering Program

Are you passionate about supporting refugees & immigrants while expanding the variety of foods available in our community? Help us purchase essential items to get Sanctuary Kitchen Catering started – a program that offers our chefs fair employment as caterers in a supportive and flexible environment, with culinary training and professional development, as well as the chance to share their cultural cuisine and heritage.

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Kitchen Incubator program

This is a 10-week training program for early-stage food entrepreneurs. Between October 2017 - March 2018, participants will receive training in a number of areas necessary to help start a food business, as well as seed funding, pairing with a mentor, and access to commercial kitchen space for food preparation and testing.

This program is open to refugees, asylum-seekers, or new immigrants in the Greater New Haven area who are interested in food entrepreneurship (e.g. launching a food business, restaurant, food truck, catering company, food product for sale, etc). We are actively seeking volunteers for the program, including mentors, sponsors, and childcare.

We would like to acknowledge our supporters and collaborators: International Association of New Haven (IANH), The Graustein Memorial Fund, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale Law School's Community & Economic Development Clinic, New Haven Free Public Library, and others.

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Join Sanctuary Kitchen as a Cook

If you or someone you know is interested in sharing culinary traditions and becoming a cook for Sanctuary Kitchen, please email us at


Join Sanctuary Kitchen as an interpreter

Sanctuary Kitchen is in need of interpreters who speak Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Dari, French, Spanish, or Swahili. Volunteers would assist with refugee communication and interpretation at events. Most of our cooks require interpretation during the event planning and execution stages - this is an integral role for our volunteers team! 

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Join Sanctuary Kitchen as a Volunteer

Sanctuary Kitchen depends heavily on volunteer support to have successful events. We need drivers to transport our refugee cooks, help with food prep in the kitchen, set-up and clean-up at events, and much more! These volunteer opportunities allow volunteers to connect with the cooks in a very personal way. If you are interested, click on the button below to complete the volunteer form and our team will get in touch.  


Support Sanctuary Kitchen

We need your help to create community tables in Connecticut! Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and do make a difference. While our events generate income for cooks and some funds for programming, this is insufficient to keep our initiative running.

Please note that donations are 100% tax deductible.