The upcoming New Welcome House has kept staff at ISSofBC busy, with the release of a promotional video and community engagements to spread the word of our new facility.
Feedback on the New Welcome House has been positive, with government officials and fellow NGOs abroad commending the work put into a facility that represents the first of its kind. Key partners in its development Settlement Orientation Services (SOS), Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) and the Inland Refugee Society (IRS) have been working closely with ISSofBC in planning how to best address refugee status and issues at the New Welcome House.
Month 4 of the construction on the new facility has seen progress on the underground parkade, foundation walls and much of the underground sections of the facility, with an expected completion date of Spring 2016 on target.
About the Author: Chris Friesen has been the ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services for over twenty years. He is currently leading the multi-year initiative to design and build a Metro Vancouver Regional Service Centre for Refugees. In spring 2016, this 58,000sf facility will become the first of its kind in the world, bringing together a variety of community and government services and organizations to meet the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants settling in BC. Learn more about the new Welcome House.