Our Family Advocate program exists to welcome, support and empower refugee individuals and families. We train our volunteers how to be cross cultural communicators and co-learners as they seek to build ongoing relationships that foster dignity, respect and self-sufficiency. Our goal is to see families thrive as they move from resettlement to acculturation.
Practically speaking this means our volunteers meet in refugee homes on a regular basis to build relationship and be a resource where applicable. In meeting the various needs that arise we always put the emphasis on relationship, because relationship connotates partnership. The refugees we serve possess their own wealth of knowledge, life experience, stories and cultural identities. These are equally valuable to the practical support that our volunteers provide.
Since our ultimate goal is relationship, in between assisting with needs, you’ll find our volunteers sipping tea lost in conversation, on an outing to the zoo perhaps or attending celebrations. It is our deep joy and privilege to be a part of the lives of so many refugee families when and where they need it most. These life events have afforded us many opportunities to share the gospel in meaningful, respectful and culturally sensitive ways. Whether we are having a spiritual conversation and mutually sharing our beliefs or we are exploring the Bible together, we entrust these families wholly to the Lord.