On Saturday April 28, a community space will be opened at 228 8th Street East to provide refugees and vulnerable newcomers with resources and information on living in Grey Bruce, and offer opportunities for them and the community to interact and learn from one another.
Making Grey Bruce Home is  a regional capacity-building project to support the social and economic integration of current and anticipated refugees and vulnerable newcomers into a rural community that does not have formal coordinated settlement and service supports. It enhances the capacity of rural communities and their service systems to address the unique needs and goals of refugees, refugee claimants and other vulnerable newcomers and to build public awareness and support to create welcoming communities for refugees and newcomers.
A 14-month project completing on March 31 2019, Making Grey Bruce Home will have weekly drop-in hours at its new community space. Starting in May, newcomers can come on Wednesdays between 10am and 6pm for assistance, while people in the community are welcome to drop by and find out how they can help. Social connection programs will be offered jointly with community partners, and training sessions for service providers and volunteer mentors will be held in the space at scheduled times.
The opening ceremony on Saturday April 28 begins at noon with ribbon cutting (doors open at 11:30am) and finishes at 3pm. The Owen Sound Multicultural Arts & Crafts Collective will be running a multilingual bookmark activity and there is an exhibition of "The News", a newcomer project by local visual artist Jennifer Hicks. We welcome everyone to stay after ribbon cutting for a light refreshment and to meet our staff May Ip, Project Coordinator and Mokless Hassan, Newcomer Advocate.

source: media release, Making Grey Bruce Home





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