Refugee Resettlement Services Kingston
The Government of Canada's response to the largest worldwide refugee crisis since World War II, has included selecting Kingston elected as a destination for government-assisted refugees. KEYS Job centre has taken the lead in delivering the Resettlement Assistance Program, along with our service delivery partner, Kingston Community Health Centres.
Through the Refugee Resettlement Services Kingston initiative, we offer support, workshops, guidance and accompaniment to new refugees in Kingston for their initial phase of resettlement. Once arrived, these newcomers receive temporary accommodation, orientation to life in Kingston and Canada, and connections to essential government, educational and community services. They also receive support to find and rent suitable accommodations. Services available in English, French, Arabic, Armenian, Kirundi and Swahili.
How you can help:
SPECIAL REQUEST for volunteer support and donations - December 2018
VOLUNTEER: Family support teams make a tremendous difference to newcomers who are making a new life in Kingston. It’s a neighbourly gesture, to offer friendship and support to the newcomers who are beginning a new life here. Sign-up online here.
INTERPRETATION: Some volunteers can’t make a commitment to months of support but are able to help with translation on an ad hoc or occasional basis. Please use the volunteer form to sign up for interpretation and let us know what languages you speak.
DONATIONS: Donations are welcomed to help refugees with unique, urgent and essential needs:
- KEYS accepts donations designated for refugee needs online through Canada Helps. You will get a charitable tax receipt immediately.
- Cash, cheques and gift cards are also accepted at our office at 182 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON, K7K 3M2. We will take your information for any donation over $20 and a charitable tax receipt will be mailed to you soon after.
RENTAL UNITS: Do you have a rental unit available to rent to a refugee family or individual? Tell us about it here and we will be in touch soon to organize a viewing.
HIRE A REFUGEE: The opportunity of work is a tremendous contribution. Let us know what work you have and what qualifications you need. Fill out this form.
Resettlement Case Management
Our Resettlement Case Management program provides essential support to government-assisted refugees arriving in the Kingston area. The twelve month case management service model provides clients with a wide range of settlement services and referrals, depending on their individual needs. '. The objective of the Resettlement Case Management program is to assist newcomers to develop independance in their new lives in Kingston and Canada and facilitate the transition to 'month 13,' when the federal financial support for Government-Assisted Refugees ends. This program will enable clients to access government, health and community services independently. Services available in English, French, Arabic, Kirundi and Swahili.
Refugee Women's Mentoring Network
The KEYS Refugee Women's Mentoring Network is intended to assist newcomer women to make meaningful connectines in her new community, develop relationships outside of her family circle and to combat professional and social isolation. We provide access to individual mentoring, peer to peer learning, workshops and networking. We assist women to determine potential career paths and to develop the skills needed to successfully transition to employment, self-employment or training. This program also provides women with unique opportunities to collaborate with one another and explore gender-specific issues and concerns. Services available in English, French and Arabic.