Community dinners at Reception House are an opportunity for community members from all walks of life to welcome refugee families who are new to our region. Community dinner meal hosts are invited to share a home cooked (or store bought) meal with refugees who have just arrived to Canada. Community dinners take place at our temporary accommodation site on David St. across from Victoria Park where families live during their first 2-4 weeks upon arrival to Canada. Meal hosts are invited to bring games, activities, songs or just the meal. Staff help facilitate conversation across language barriers. We welcome potential meal hosts to register with our volunteer services coordinator at email@example.com. Community dinners are held once a month.
Considering a volunteer position at Reception House, but want some exposure to the families that we serve before you make a longer term commitment? This is a great place to start. Let us know what programs you are interested in, and our staff will come prepared to share information and answer questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do Community Dinners take place?
Can my workplace or a corporate group prepare a meal?
What types of dietary restrictions should I consider?
Kishki World Foods on Highland Road, Ammar Halal Meats on Lancaster St West, and most M&M meat shops sell halal food.
We also recommend keeping all sauces, gravys and strong seasonings on the side so that guests can decide whether or not they want to add them. Plain dishes with optional add-ons are the best bet for the diversity of pallets.Having an ingredients list can be helpful to avoid allergies, or confusion around dietary restrictions.
Can I prepare the meal at Reception House?
Can my family prepare a meal?
Is this an appropriate place for a youth group to volunteer?
Can I volunteer to cook meals every month?
When should I call Reception House to confirm how many people will be at the meal?