Last week Pastor Trevor Vanderveen and his wife Julia along with a few volunteers from the First Christian Reformed Church of Vancouver – our future neighbours – organized a hamburger barbecue for the construction workers on site.
Close to 60 construction workers with the support of Mierau Contractors lined up for burgers, salads and assorted desserts. This random act of kindness was much appreciated by everyone in attendance.
Thank you to our future neighbours for your generosity and kindness. As the project nears the home stretch we are hearing about more and more folks and groups discussing different ways to support our work and mission. It is encouraging to hear, without our presence, people discussing ways to help our future refugee clients in this welcoming and inclusive neighbourhood.
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 ISSofBC Welcome Centre.