Get Involved

There are may ways you can contribute to Sanctuary Kitchen! We welcome refugee and immigrant chefs to contact us about joining any of our programs, including cooking classes, supper clubs, food business incubation services and our catering program. We also look forward to hearing from anyone interested in volunteering with us, which includes roles such as assisting in the kitchen or working as an interpreter at our events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sanctuary Kitchen has a number of supporters and collaborators; and we’re always looking for more. Below are our current collaborators:

Atticus Bookstore Cafe

Gateway Community College

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)

International Association of New Haven (IANH)

Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (JCARR)

New Haven Free Public Libraries

Spring Glen Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (SGARR)

Students of Salaam (SOS) at Yale

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) at Yale Law School

Yale Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)


Sanctuary Kitchen seeks to work in collaboration with other change makers, organizations, institutions, enterprises, community groups and social change ventures in new and imaginative ways.

Ways you can collaborate:

  • To share the “operational” work of coordinating Sanctuary Kitchen. This could involve sharing event space and use of equipment.

  • To offer professional development / training opportunities for our refugee cooks, particularly around aspects of culinary skills, food safety, and entrepreneurship.

  • Sharing of resources – in-kind offers of support such as venues, printing, administration, recruitment and preparation of participants, transport and interpreting services.

  • Opportunities for Sanctuary Kitchen to learn more deeply about the issues affecting communities and how we can work together with people at the grass-roots to create transformative change.

  • Financial sponsorship (as a minimum, a contribution to our operational costs).

If you would like to collaborate with us, fill out the form below and our team will get back to you.

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Join Sanctuary Kitchen as a Chef

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! If interested in joining as an interpreter, please email us at

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Join Sanctuary Kitchen as a Volunteer

Volunteers work closely with the Sanctuary Kitchen Team and Chefs in all of our programs.Their generosity, enthusiasm and support help to make all of our events a success!

Responsibilities vary, but may include assisting the Team, Chefs and guests with event set up and clean up; catering food preparation, selling products at farmers markets, providing transportation and more!

If you are interested, please click on the button below to complete the volunteer form, and our Team will get in touch with you.


Give to Sanctuary Kitchen- We Need You!

Your gift will directly impact the lives of refugees and immigrant chefs in your community!

Through your support, we can offer greater and more diverse opportunities for economic empowerment, culinary training, and community building through cultural exchange.

Join us in growing a space where we can come together to celebrate our wealth of cultural diversity and cuisines within the warmth of the kitchen.

Please note that donations are 100% tax deductible.