Meal in the Kinbrace yard. Photo credit Mark Janousek
May 6, 2015 by Loren Balisky
Food shared at Kinbrace brings diverse people together: asylum seekers, Canadians, neighbours, former Kinbrace residents, young and old.
While there is much that alienates (language, history, fear, uncertainty), when food is prepared with care and with the intention of sharing, it becomes a powerful invitation to bring us beyond our differences toward trust and friendship.
When we prepare and share the food we know and love, our identities are somehow deeply and uniquely affirmed.
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Donald Cho, Vancity Branch 12 Account Manager, helps refugees secure loans to pay for their permanent residence applications.
May 2, 2015 by Loren Balisky
When refugee-serving agencies in Metro Vancouver discovered a significant barrier limiting refugee integration, they approached Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, for help. Vancity, with its commitment to building inclusive communities for everyone and helping people become “bankable,” is an active partner in the work of refugee integration and settlement. For example, they open accounts for government-assisted refugees and refugee claimants within the first weeks of arrival in Canada. Continue Reading →
Erin Pearce (left), Wellness Counsellor, leads Kinbrace's new Wellness Counselling Program.
March 27, 2015 by Loren Balisky
Refugee claimants arriving in Canada often struggle with mental wellbeing, simply because they have and continue to encounter significant stressors and trauma.
Kinbrace recently launched its Wellness Counselling Program under the direction of Erin Pearce to support the mental wellbeing of Kinbrace residents. Erin has a Masters in Social Work focusing on refugee mental health and is our newest staff member working in the role of Wellness Counsellor.
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Kinbrace kids express happiness with a basketball hoop full of balls! Generosity begets gratitude.
March 3, 2015 by Loren Balisky
Kinbrace supporters showed amazing generosity in the closing months of 2014, giving an unprecedented $83,000 ($40,000 more than last year) to support refugees through the Kinbrace mandate.
October’s Ride for Refuge fundraiser was a spinning success where 9 teams (84 riders), supported by 240 donors, raised $19,390, just short of our $20,000 goal. Thanks to each of you who so generously participated: team captains, riders, and donors. Continue Reading →