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Refugee Support. You can change the lives of refugees.

You can help refugees by donating to MOSAIC’s refugee settlement support campaign. To donate, please call 604 254 9626. For further information, email dsandhu@mosaicbc.com

On October 14, MOSAIC hosted a public forum on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, led by UBC professor and migration expert, Dan Hiebert.  Click on Public Forum on Syrian Refugee Crisis for a summary of the talk.

The millions of people who have been displaced by the ongoing crises in Syria and other countries around the world need the international community’s help in finding new homes. We have pledged to provide immediate support to 1,000 refugees if they are allowed to come to Metro Vancouver.

MOSAIC is already taking steps to ensure that refugees will be able to settle and integrate into the local communities of the Lower Mainland. Some of these steps have been taken to enhance our effectiveness, while some aim to help members of the public get involved in the effort.

  • We will establish a Refugee Settlement Resource position at MOSAIC to assist with this undertaking.
  • We continue to mobilize the community by reaching out to local groups and discussing how they can help refugees.
  • We have been holding meetings with Sponsorship Agreement Holders and non-agreement holders – including synagogues, mosques, churches and community groups – to promote awareness of refugee sponsorship opportunities.
  • Our multilingual staff members have been in touch with Syrian refugees already living in the Lower Mainland, and plan on assisting them with the family sponsorship and reunification process in any way possible.
  • We have partnered with Canadian Lutheran World Relief, the Mennonite Central Committee and the United Church of Canada to set up free information sessions that will answer any questions individuals may have about refugee sponsorship, such as:

– Who can be a sponsor

– What the sponsorship process is like

– What responsibilities are involved with sponsorship

These info sessions will be held at MOSAIC, 1720 Grant St, on October 9th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and October 23rd from 3 to 5 p.m. Register here.

In addition, the settlement services already in place at MOSAIC will be available to assist refugees upon their arrival. We will work with sponsors to provide support throughout the crucial stages of settlement, by helping refugees:

  • find schools for their children
  • complete social insurance applications
  • find proper living accommodations
  • connect with relevant community groups and resources
  • access adult English as a Second Language schools that provide childcare services

MOSAIC will also arrange for refugees to receive further assistance from our employment, case management, translation, interpretation and other services, whenever necessary.

Our ultimate goal is to help refugees to the best of our ability while making sure that the Canadian government and citizens do not forget about this important issue.

For other resources please visit How can you help refugees in Vancouver

MOSAIC believes in providing support to clients while receiving services. Please visit our dedicated client subsection that provides information on

  • Client Rights and Responsibilities,
  • Opportunity to tell your story,
  • Client satisfaction survey, and
  • Complaints procedures...by clicking here.