• Newcomer Engagement
• Local Resources And Services
• Helpful Website Links For Settlement/refugee Information And Services
• Syrian And Eritrean Refugee Sponsor Groups In Dufferin County
Rural Ontario Institute’s recently completed study of Newcomer Engagement in Dufferin, Huron and Northumberland Counties.
This research identified four key recommendations for enhancing newcomer engagement and building social capital in rural communities. The research suggests all stakeholders will benefit by strengthening their efforts in four essential areas:
1. Provide intentional community leadership
2. Reduce system barriers
3. Build relationships
4. Develop robust support systems
The Spotlight on Dufferin County video can be watched here
A report, video and infographic is available for each county and for the study as a whole at: http://www.platinumleadership.com/resources.shtml#Evaluation
NEWCOMER SETTLEMENT SUPPORTS
The County of Dufferin welcomes our Newcomers! The following provides information about supports and resources available for Newcomers to Dufferin, as well as information specific to Syrian Refugee settlement. See our Welcome Letter.
The County of Dufferin hosts CAREDufferin (Coalition Aiding Refugees Entering Dufferin), a regular meeting and sharing of information with private refugee sponsor groups in Dufferin. For more information, please contact Lori-Jane Del Medico, email@example.com.
Minutes of these meetings are posted here:
LOCAL RESOURCES AND SERVICES
Please see our List of Local Services and Resources Available to Newcomer Families, which includes locations and contact information for essential services, such as settlement services, child care, health care, and thrift stores, located in or near Dufferin County. It also includes helpful Government resources, such as information for current and potential sponsors of Refugee families and for people new to Canada.
HELPFUL WEBSITE LINKS FOR SETTLEMENT/REFUGEE INFORMATION AND SERVICES
Refugee Resettlement Google Drive
The Refugee Resettlement Google Drive includes both public and stakeholder documents that have been shared publicly by various Ontario ministries. It includes materials written in English, French, Arabic, Armenian and Kurdish. For simple instructions on how to access the Google Drive, please view Getting Started: How to Use Google Drive and to view the Drive, simply click this link: http://bit.ly/1K9GciB . If you already have a gmail account, you can access the link to the Drive immediately through your account.
City of Toronto Refugee Resettlement Program – Resources in Arabic
Information/resources - Toronto, Ontario and Canada - in English and Arabic
Citizenship and Immigration Canada – In My Language
Information about resources and services in Ontario in Arabic and other languages
Information for immigrants, employment services and english classes.
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA)
Syrian Refugee settlement: information & resources
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Welcome Ontario - Syrian Refugee Assistance Info
Syrian Refugee-specific information and resources about legal, housing, health care and more.
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program
Resources and training for sponsors of Syrian Refugees.
Wellington County Settlement Services
Settlement workers will meet with Dufferin sponsors/refugees for needs assessment including employment, language assessment, ESL referrals, etc. Translation services are also available. No cost.
SYRIAN AND ERITREAN REFUGEE SPONSOR GROUPS IN DUFFERIN COUNTY
The below provides contact information for the Syrian and Eritrean Refugee family sponsor groups located in Dufferin County.. Please contact these groups directly if you would like to find out more about them or would like to volunteer or make a donation to help support the Refugee families that these groups are sponsoring.
Headwaters Refugee Support Committee
Location: Orangeville (through the Westminster United Church)
Contact: Brian Logel
First Line for Syria
Contact: Jeff Rohner-Tensee
Phone: work: 519-925-8527 or home: 519-925-8656
Facebook: First Line for Syria https://www.facebook.com/First-Line-for-Syria-1636412359958098/
Out of a War Zone and Into the Hills
Location: Mulmur Township
Contact: Sylvia Durance
Facebook: Out of a War Zone & Into the Hills https://www.facebook.com/groups/1581773295410199/
Orangeville Canadian Reformed Church
Contact: Joanneke Kottelenberg
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 519-855-9574
Compass Church (sponsoring several Eritrean families)
Location: Orangeville and Shelburne
Contact: Ami Alexander