Sault Preparing for Syrian newcomers

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Since the beginning of last summer, the Sault Community Career Centre (SCCC) has welcomed 19 refugee families under the federal government’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP). The success of the program locally can be largely attributed to the many volunteers who have worked to provide a warm welcome, donate much-needed supplies like food and clothing, and offer additional services like transportation and language lessons.

For the past couple of months, a group of Sault and area volunteers has been at work preparing for a young family of 5 whose arrival date has not yet been determined.
After receiving news of another young couple arriving on August 31, the SCCC has begun looking for one more group of volunteers to participate in this rewarding work.
As a volunteer, your role in helping refugee families’ transition into our community will be to provide friendship and assistance with the everyday tasks of Canadian life. You may help gather household items like towels and blankets, provide transportation to places like the grocery store or the bank (until they are familiar with the bus system), visit them in their homes, and accompany them to welcome events.

The SCCC is looking for a groups of at least 5 people to volunteer to work with the incoming family.  If you are interested, or have any questions about volunteering, please contact Brenda Cooper (brenda.cooper@saultcareercentre.ca ).   and she will send you an information package. An orientation session for people who want to volunteer will be held at the SCCC.  The tentative date is August 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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