Best Of 2020

Best Welcome News of a Project Expansion: Welcome Market

The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project, a social enterprise born out of a partnership between Camp Washington’s Wave Pool and Sheryl Rajbhandari of Heartfelt Tidbits, first came on the scene in 2017 with the mission of helping recent refugees and immigrants settle into the area by way of connecting them to resources, providing classes that teach valuable skills and hosting community-centered dinners. In September 2018, the initiative received an Impact 100 Grant to expand the concept. Enter Welcome Market. Along with funding from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the grant enabled them to open the market — described as a “place to grab kitchen essentials as well as spices, breads, and specialty items from all over the world” — in late February 2020. Alongside items made by local immigrants and refugees are food and spices from Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, Horchata and Utsavastu. You can also grab produce grown by the Camp Washington Urban Farm. The Welcome Project, 2936 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, welcomecincinnati.org.