Imagine arriving at the Vancouver International Airport with nothing but the shirt on your back. You may have lived years in one of the world's refugee camps after fleeing your homeland due to persecution, violence or war. You may be alone or with your family, unable to communicate in English and feeling lost.
This is where the ISSofBC Welcome Centre steps in.
This East Vancouver facility is the first of its kind in the world: a fully integrated services centre addressing the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants arriving in BC.
New arrivals to Canada will have streamlined access to care through temporary housing and on-site services from multiple organizations, public institutions, and programs.
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The Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC) is seeking funds to assist in continuing support and services at ISSofBC Welcome Centre located at 2610 Victoria Drive. 100 per cent of your donations directly support:
-18 temporary and long-term housing units
-Primary health care unit
-Multilingual trauma support and treatment centre
-Youth drop-in and resources space
-Classrooms for English Language Learners
-Preschool and Childcare centres
The Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC) is a non-profit organization and registered charity providing support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and develop the skills and understanding to starting their new lives in Canada. Through our dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners, we provide settlement, education and employment services for over 20,000 clients every year.