Malena (right) – artist and star basketball player – with Emily Parsons Dickau, Community Building Coordinator.
When Malena and her family first arrived in Canada as refugee claimants, they didn’t know where to go for help or what to do next.
They were relieved they were now in a country that promised safety from persecution, but this new country also came with new customs, processes and paperwork that were confusing. They felt scared, overwhelmed and alone, not knowing what was going to happen next. Then someone told Malena about Kinbrace.
“We had no idea what Kinbrace was. We just thought they might help us find a place to live and that’s it. But when we came, people were so much nicer than we expected.
We’re not scared anymore, because we know there are people out there who actually care about us. They don’t care where we’ve come from or what we look like. This is our second home now.”
Thanks to the support of Kinbrace Companion Circle donors, Malena’s family has so much more than a place to live. Malena and her family have a safe place to belong and a community that cares.