Last Wednesday, we sent out two Community Action teams from Koinoinia to assist a couple local organizations with various projects:
Reception House is a temporary home for government assisted refugees. Their most important task is to ensure that our guests feel welcome, safe, and secure in their new environment. Each year, they assist approximately 800 refugees and migrants who are resettled in the Waterloo region.
During their stay, our guests receive advice and hands-on experience on adjusting to life in their new country. We help each individual or family find a permanent place to stay, as well as assistance in registering for necessary documents such as OHIP and SIN, to become familiar with the Canadian banking system, and to have their language assessed.
Marillac Place provides a safe home for women between the ages of 16 to 25 who are pregnant, or who have a child in their care, or who are attempting to regain care of their child. Mothers who come to Marillac Place receive 24-hour guidance and support, continue their education, and are enabled with the life skills they need to care for themselves and their child.
We were able to help them out by purchasing and planting flowers, maintaining landscaping, and cleaning inside. Much work was accomplished with our small team and the chairman was thrilled!
A genuine thank you to our teams for serving with heart and commitment! Enjoy the photos from the night.