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Newcomers and volunteers working together to build more welcoming communities.

A Former Refugee Helps New Arrivals Overcome Obstacles

As a single mom from Syria, Fatma came to Canada with her son in February 2016.

After leaving the Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, she felt like she was building her new life “from zero.”

Read more about her story here.

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Story of A Match – Aya Meets Her Welcome Group

We’re excited to share Aya’s #StoryofaMatch!

Aya is a 21-year-old newcomer to Canada who was previously living in China, but is originally from Syria.

This is the first of a series of updates from Aya over the course of her match with her Welcome Group volunteers.

Read more to learn about the beginning of Aya’s journey!

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Launch of our Education Support Guide

Together Project has launched an education guide to assist refugee newcomer families in navigating the educational system.

This document provides matched volunteers with training, resources, and guidance around addressing newcomer families’ unique challenges with regards to their children’s education.

It includes an in-depth overview of how newcomers interact with the school system and the different challenge areas refugee newcomer parents may face when engaging in their children’s education.

This guide will help Welcome Group volunteers more effectively support newcomer families with a safe return to schools as part of the pandemic recovery.

View the guide here!

Podcast Episode 10: Hanna Shares Her Experience as a Newcomer Volunteer

In this episode, Hanna speaks about her own journey to Canada and how volunteering with Together Project helped her meet new people, support other newcomers and find employment in Toronto.

Listen on Spotify, ApplePodcasts or GooglePodcasts.

PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY PROMISING PRACTICE

Pathways to Prosperity has featured Together Project as one of 25 promising practices in the immigrant settlement and integration sector.

Promising practices are practices that have an objective basis for claiming effectiveness in achieving their stated aims and that have the potential for replication.

Thus, promising practices are defined in terms of their effectiveness, which can be empirically measured as successful outcomes of the practice.

To watch Together Project staff talk about our work, watch our video here.

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TOGETHER PROJECT FEATURED ON THE SOCIAL IMPACT ADVISORS’ PODCAST

Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk, Co-Directors at Together Project, share updates about Together Project’s work on a new episode of the Impact Conversations podcast series. They talk about how we has adapted our Welcome Group program during the pandemic and what was learned in the process.

Moving to largely online connections has meant a significant increase in connections made and has taught our team about the potential and challenges of online matches. As things open up again, Together Project will be able to offer both online and in person matches aligned with people’s interests, available time and comfort with technology.

Listen to the episode here.