Mayor Tory, along with City Councillors Paula Fletcher, Joe Cressy and Joe Mihevc visited WoodGreen’s 1491 Danforth Avenue location for a tour of the settlement services in action and a demo of H.O.M.E. Newcomers and their families, settlement staff and media from major outlets were all on hand for the launch.
The H.O.M.E portal is being widely used by people in Toronto looking to donate, as well as by refugees in need of housing, goods and services.
The Ballani family, 26 year old father Muaz, 20 year old mother Sawsan and 3 year old son Abdulrahman arrived in Canada from Syria in February 2016.
Shortly after arriving, Muaz and Sawsan began attending WoodGreen’s literacy classes to improve their language skills. While they attend classes, their young son Abdulrahman is looked after in the Care for Newcomer Children program. Muaz and Sawsan are determined to build a new life in Canada, and WoodGreen will be there to support them through their settlement journey.