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how we got started

Beautiful Day began in 2008 with a late-night, a few beers and a couple friends named Keith and Geoff asking the question: how could our community do something practical to help refugees rebuild their lives in Providence. The answer? Well, why not granola?

What we do

Beautiful Day helps refugees adjust to life in America by offering paid, on-the-job training. Every job in our company is designed to be part of a hands-on classroom where trainees gain critical skills and the confidence to enter the job market. At the same time, our award-winning products educate consumers about the refugee crisis.  Every purchase, every bite or sip, provides a practical way to get involved with human displacement and start building more informed, welcoming communities.

The heart is a bloom, shoots up through the stony ground

Bono, U2

An Integration Model that Works

With 80 million displaced people in the world today, half of them children, it is vital that the world community find practical ways to help refugees resettle and rebuild. As the refugee crisis grows, so does the need for innovative solutions. Beautiful Day has developed a model for integrating refugees that works. People who were once facing huge barriers are now working steady jobs, buying homes and sending their kids to college. We are working hard to grow our business and expand our training programs with the long-term goal of replicating this model in other cities and states.

Our Impact

To date, we’ve worked with nearly 120 refugees representing 14 nationalities and 20 ethnicities, including many with no first-language literacy. We offer training for both refugee adults and youth at multiple levels, though our priority is those facing the most significant job-entry barriers.

Almost all of our staff are themselves former refugees who understand the challenges. Over 70% of our graduates move on to permanent jobs, providing for their families, contributing to the economy and enriching their communities with their determination and resilience.

Read our trainees' success stories

One of the tragic [realities] of our time is that we know more than ever about the...

sufferings of the world and yet are less and less able to respond to them.

Henri Nouwen