A new facility in Vancouver offers English classes, health programs, and support in finding employment and settlement for immigrants and refugees. The welcome center in British Columbia’s most populous city has opened its doors just in time for the arrival of a new group of government-sponsored Syrian refugees who are expected in the following months.
The facility was built by the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, a non-profit organization which provides support programs for foreign-born newcomers in their process of accommodation.
The new welcome center in Vancouver cost about $24.5 million and is almost ready to be set in use, but there are some finishing touches to be made before being officially opened. The center has residential units with 138 beds, each of them numbered and associated with a positive quality, such as for example “perseverance”.
The building is located near the Vancouver Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station and will be inaugurated later this month. The first refugee family is expected to arrive around June 12.
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