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Connecting Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) newcomers and Canadians for friendship and settlement support.
Together Project connects Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) newcomers and Canadians for friendship and settlement support. These relationships enrich us all.
Building on Canada’s unique model of private sponsorship, Together Project matches Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) with Welcome Groups of five or more volunteers. In turn, newcomers strengthen our communities with perspective, new ideas, and rich culture.
Public space plays an important role in cultivating a sense of belonging. Our field trips provide opportunities for GAR newcomers and Welcome Groups to explore the city together. Our workshops train volunteers to work safely and effectively with newcomer families. Our public space programs allow Canadians and newcomers to expand social networks and build stronger, more integrated communities.
Together Project is committed to monitoring and supporting its work through accessible, evidence-based research. We partner with universities and organizations both in Canada and abroad to strengthen our analysis and help inform policy.
We have been wonderfully received by Canadian Families. They have supported us immediately in getting settled, were there through all the issues, and shared our happiness as we shared theirs.
Whether visiting in our respective homes, going to a game together, or a picnic in the park, we have been inspired by the joy on our Syrian-Canadian friends’ faces. We wish we could do even more for and with them.
Being matched with a Syrian family has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life. I was able to support them through some of the struggles that come with getting settled but we were still able to have a lot of laughs through it all. I always look forward to their company (and their unbelievably delicious food!) and I know that I will have them as friends for life.