Vancouver welcome centre for immigrants and refugees opens its doors
Monday, June 6, 2016

A new welcome centre in Vancouver for immigrants and refugees has opened its doors — in time for the arrival of a second group of government-sponsored refugees from Syria in the coming months.

The facility, which was built by the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., offers English language classes, employment and settlement programs, a mental-health program and more.

"In this facility we have brought everything that a new immigrant or refugee would require for their first few months in this country," Chris Friesen of ISS of B.C. told On the Coast story producer Vivian Luk.

The finishing touches are still being put on parts of the building, and Friesen said that eventually the centre will also have a primary health care clinic and a range of programs specifically for youth, children and women.

The centre has residential units with 138 beds for government-sponsored refugees and while each residential unit has a number, it also features a word such as "perseverance."

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Source: CBC News, June 5-2016, By Gavin Fisher.