New Neighbors Partnership

Venture:
New Neighbors Partnership

Founder: 
Shoshana Akabas ’19SOA

Industry:
Human services: refugee and immigration

Venture Type: 
Nonprofit

What is the social or environmental issue being addressed?

New Neighbors Partnership puts in place long-term, community support for newly arrived families who typically receive only three months of resettlement support or less. By setting up a clothing partnership network, we keep clothes out of landfills by giving them a meaningful second life. 

Innovation:

New Neighbors Partnership reimagines in-kind donations by setting up a network in which clothes go directly from families that have clothes to the families that need them. Our model turns what is usually a one-time blind donation into a long-standing relationship between families who may not have otherwise crossed paths. This cuts out the need for time consuming, inefficient clothing drives that only provide a short-term solution for families that need kids clothes. 

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