Mango House

In 2020, filmmaker Ross Taylor (an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder) began documenting P.J. Parmar, a medical doctor and founder of Mango House. It is the largest shared space for refugees in Colorado and the greater West. Mango House includes a medical clinic, dental clinic, shops, food court, event spaces, and Scout Troops for boys and girls. Run for and by refugees, it’s a safe haven for refugees to feel at home and to thrive. Filming shifted in response to the spread of the Coronavirus and also documents Dr. Parmar’s response to it. His quick actions saved scores of lives in a community otherwise overlooked in healthcare.

Dr. Parmar founded Ardas Medical Clinic in 2012 in Denver, Colorado. He quickly expanded and saw the potential for something much larger. In 2014, he moved his practice to Colfax Street in Aurora, Colorado, and created Mango House, a nod to the fruit grown in most of the countries from which the refugees come. In 2018, he bought a larger building across Colfax and expanded Mango House.