EUC was recently matched with a single mother and two children from Burma. They were brought to Canada in April 2016 from a camp in Indonesia, as GAR (Government Assisted Refugee) refugees. They have been supported by staff at Reception House, and a small group of volunteers from Rosemount United Church in Kitchener. The mother is very vulnerable and requires a great deal more support in order to succeed in Canada.
The Federal government will now be providing financial assistance for one additional full year. This represents a positive first instance of transitioning a very hard-to-serve GAR refugee family to the JAS (Joint Assistance Sponsorship) model, which blends the strengths of private sponsorship with GAR funding. Reception House if very enthusiastic to be working with us on this file.
The areas of support required include but are not limited to: in home ESL, small group ESL, time management (as in, telling the time), parenting norms and expectations, child safety, dental health, healthy adult relationships, and fostering community connections.
We will begin by shadowing the volunteers from Rosemount, and hope to engender trust, so that the support we offer will be well-received.
For more information, to help plan, or to offer support, please contact Jennifer McLellan.