This year more than ever, your support ensures that our newest neighbours are surrounded with warmth, community and connectivity.
In the time of COVID19, those able to switch to virtual connections found themselves adapting to conducting virtual medical appointments, visiting with friends and family virtually, and purchasing goods and services online. Increasingly, there is a great digital divide between those with access to technology and those without.
Without the necessary digital tools like laptops and good wifi, many of the newly arrived refugees we serve are further isolated. Coming to Canada, often after years of struggle and migration, is difficult enough. Add in COVID-19. The lockdowns, additional health protocols, accessing the things you need with many new restrictions and trying to navigate all of this without a computer and very little English is overwhelming.
At Reception House we focus on providing government-assisted refugees the tools and skills to become independent. Through COVID-19, this means providing digital literacy training, like how to access services online, attend virtual appointments, and even help setting up their first email.
Without these tools virtual medical appointments, language lessons, job training and building community are further out of reach.
During this holiday season your donation to Reception House Waterloo Region helps ensure that the isolation that our newest neighbours are facing is lessening.
Today, you can give the gift of connectivity and community. Help them feel the warmth of their new community. #GiftAWarmWelcome