At our Orientation Meeting on July 7, 2016 we reviewed our readiness to welcome the Karen family we are expecting at the end of August, 2016. Mie Tha Lah, a Karen Canadian who came to Toronto as a refugee in 2008 and is now working as a settlement worker, graciously joined us. Mie Tha gave us some great insights from his own experience and we developed a list of priorities to ensure our readiness.
Number one of these, was housing. We are looking for a minimum two-bedroom rental unit in, or very close to, the Wilkinson school catchment area, for September 1, 2016. If you know of anyone who is renting a property that fits these specs, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Secondly, we need to grow the number of volunteers able to assist with settlement support. While we have a strong base of individuals who have the required prerequisites, we are anticipating that we will need a bigger roster of folks we can call upon as time goes on to, for example, assist with a grocery shop, a dental appointment or an outing to the park.
As per AURA protocols, anyone working directly with the family must obtain a police clearance letter and complete a two-hour AURA resettlement training. The police clearance letter is easy to apply for. Simply notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org when you receive yours.
The next scheduled AURA resettlement training is in September (date TBA). If there is enough interest in a training, we can ask AURA to schedule one for our group. Please notify us at email@example.com if you would like to participate in a two-hour AURA resettlement training.
Our next meeting is scheduled for July 28, 2016 at 7pm, 51 Donlands Avenue, St. David’s Towers. All are welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.