Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours

Date(s) - October 26, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Olivet Baptist Church

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On Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm, join us for, Welcome The Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours, an interactive evening of stories from Canadians who have welcomed individuals who have lived the refugee journey.

Our speakers arrived from Kurdistan of Iraq in August 2016 and were subsequently granted protection as refugees. Like many refugees arriving in our city, they had no place to live until space was offered at the home of Ken and Aisyah Pierce. Upon becoming neighbours, these two couples developed a bond of friendship. On October 26, come and hear the story of how this friendship impacted and transformed both couples. Join us for this evening and be inspired and equipped to welcome newcomers into your own community.

This evening will be hosted by Journey Home Community and Kinbrace Community Society, two local organizations that have been welcoming refugee claimant families to Metro Vancouver for a combined 30+ years. Kinbrace’s Beyond Refuge Programand Journey Home Community’s Refugee Claimant Sponsorship Program equip and support Canadians who want to become involved in welcoming refugees into community through the provision of housing, support and friendship. 

Who should attend this event?

This evening will resource any group or individual who desires to support refugees. We will journey from compassionate awareness toward an informed response that includes a hopeful vision for mutual transformation.

If you are currently working with refugee communities or are considering future involvement, this evening will be helpful to you. Refugees arrive in Canada through various streams – some through sponsorship and some by themselves. All of them benefit from communites and people ready to welcome them in unique and personal ways. We hope you will join us in learning how you can create communities of welcome for those arriving in Metro Vancouver seeking protection in Canada.


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