We are excited to communicate that Alexandra and Noel, homeowners on Albert St. have made their second story apartment available for rent to our newcomer family. This beautiful red brick home very close to Emmanuel United Church – A perfect location! Over the next few weeks we will be working to set the apartment up. When we have access to the apartment, Carrie will also be in touch regarding donations of household items. We thank you for your continued patience in this regard.
Advice/Help Requested: We’d also like to ask if anyone has any interest/expertise with regard to making the current railing around the upper deck of this apartment safer for children – higher railings, plans, building, advice, etc. Anyone wanting more info on this can be in touch with Jennifer McLellan.
We continue to wait for more information regarding the family we’ve been matched with.
In the meantime, if you would like some ‘on the ground’ training … please see the information I’ve included below.
Thank you very much,
Other ways to be involved now
While we wait for our family, there are hundreds of new Canadians from Syria in KW and Reception House is looking for volunteers to help.
There are currently over 300 people living at the Howard Johnston on Weber in Kitchener … this is the hub for Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) in KW.
218 more Syrians are expected to arrive in KW between now and the end of February. Over half of all people arriving are under the age of 18yrs.
- Donations of car seats and/or booster seats to have at this location (seats also needed at Reception House)
- Daily field trips 1pm – 4:30pm Mon – Thurs and 3pm – 5pm Fri until the end of March (drivers, arabic speakers, and other adults to accompany the kids)
- Childcare (ages baby – 4yrs) — 10 – 3pm daily (typical childminding)
- Newcomer youth programs (ages 12 & up) — Saturdays 1pm – 4pm (5 drivers each Sat and accompanying the youth)
- Kids’ programming (ages 5-17yrs) — 12 kids/program for 2 hours btwn 1pm – 4pm (need drivers and people to stay with kids at programs)
- Conversation circles – Thursdays at 5:30pm
DH in St. Jacob’s:
- English speaking volunteers to interact with Newcomers 2 shifts:
- 12pm – 4pm
- 4pm – 8pm
**There are currently 4 families still at the DH**
- Form filling assistance
- Last minute driving assistance (eg. picking someone up and driving to a clinic) approx. 10 people are taken to a health clinic/day
- Contact the Reception House to assist in any of the above