Waterloo Community Spotlight: Reception House Waterloo Region
180 Degrees Consulting Waterloo connected with Reception House Waterloo Region’s CEO, Carl Cadogan to discuss their organization’s various initiatives, mission and impact in the community.
What is Reception House Waterloo Region?
Reception House Waterloo Region supports and welcomes Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) into the Kitchener-Waterloo region during their first year in Canada. They offer a variety of programs and services designated to help refugees have a successful settlement experience.
What is their impact?
Reception House Waterloo Region supports families or individuals until they can independently sustain themselves. Before refugees leave the program, the organization ensures that they know the options available in the community such as where to shop and places of worship. Everyone is always welcome to come back and get assistance!
How has the pandemic affected Reception House Waterloo Region?
From January — March 2020, the organization had many newcomers. Once the pandemic hit, it was important to not only help refugees adapt to life in Canada but also inform them of the COVID-19 protocols and health risks as some may not fully understand.
The library provided Chromebooks to give out to individuals or families that are in need. However, it has been difficult to navigate online meetings as many newcomers did not know how to use the technology or did not have access to the internet at home.
What can you do to help and why is it important?
Reception House’s vision is to help newcomers adjust and transition to life in a new country and successfully settle into their new community. Find out more information and ways to get involved with Reception House Waterloo Region through volunteering for one of their programs or initiatives here.
Once again, thank you to Carl for taking the time to speak with us for this campaign!