Final grants announced for groups supporting refugee newcomers
Waterloo Region The Immigration Partnership Council is pleased to announce nine new grants to private sponsorships groups and agencies supporting refugee newcomers in Waterloo Region. In this final round of granting, new grants totaling $119,961 have been approved under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers. New grants include:
• $7,991 to private sponsorship groups associated with the Tri-Faith Action Committee and the Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church to ensure access to dental treatment for Syrian families.
• $13,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region to expand their Summer Discovery programming for refugee children.
• $41,480 to the Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre to help Arabic-speaking refugees access services by making interpretation available to local service providers and provide one-on-one Arabic-language employment support.
• $19,950 to the YMCAs of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo to help refugee youth acquire training and certifications needed for their first jobs.
• $25,000 to Muslim Social Services to provide Arabic-language individual, couple and group counselling to refugees and help them navigate the mental health system.
• $12,040 to Reception House Waterloo Region to provide mental health therapy, information and resources to refugee newcomers in collaboration with the Delton-Glebe Counselling Centre.
This latest, and final, round of grants brings the total community investment in Syrian refugee resettlement through the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers to $800,278. Donations made to the Fund have now been fully dispersed to community programs.
“Waterloo Region’s support for refugees is humbling. This community’s significant generosity has helped 14 private sponsorship groups make otherwise uncovered dental and other care available to their sponsored families. Nineteen local agencies have been enabled to provide 29 targeted programs in response to needs that were not planned for,” said Peter Donahue, Immigration Partnership Council Chair. “This Fund and community support for it offered a lifeline of much needed support to many refugee newcomer families. We are extremely grateful to this community and to The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation for their partnership and support.”
Community donations up to $400,000 were matched through The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation also collected donations.
Applications to the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers are now closed.
Since November 2015, more than 40,081 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. Over 1,800 Syrian and other refugees have settled in Waterloo Region.