No Closed Doors

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our mission:

To break down barriers between people and the resources that they need to succeed.


No Closed Doors plays a crucial role in the New Haven area, serving as the only place where un- and underemployed residents can walk in and receive case-management help on a regular basis. Housed in the New Haven Works office at 205 Whitney Ave (by the School of Management), we receive a steady flow of clients looking for assistance with things ranging from navigating the internet to filling out job applications to writing resumes and cover letters. Volunteers work one or more hours a week, and our agency runs from 12-4pm Monday through Friday while school is in session. Our work is of large scale and impact: dozens of residents visit us each week, and hundreds each year, many of whom have previously found jobs with our support.

Recently, we've expanded our services, collaborating with New Haven Works to build a collection of business-casual clothing on loan for job interviews. We are continuing to implement a follow-up program to check in with clients and record the status of their applications. In the coming months, we hope to make our services more accessible to formerly incarcerated people and to improve our website.

You can learn more about NCD at

How to get involved:

Volunteer with No Closed Doors.


We will be reaching out to past volunteers and to the larger student body during shopping period to solicit interest in volunteering this semester. At the end of shopping period, after choosing volunteers, we will assign each person to a weekly-recurring hour-long shift (or shifts) that aligns with their academic schedule. A total of 30-40 volunteers are chosen by application; 3-4 people are assigned to each shift; and each shift has a designated leader, a veteran volunteer who will be available to answer any questions that come up on the job. (There will also be an orientation.)

We are seeking people who can describe their interest in our work, who know how to engage with other people in a warm and patient manner, who are dependable, and who have some familiarity with resume- and cover letter-writing. If this sounds like you, or if you have any questions, please write to us at!

Project Heads: Talia Schechet ( and Everest Fang (