2018 has been an amazing year for Inasmuch.
Not only were we able to restore and open a second house for refugee claimant families, we also opened a new centrally-located office in Abbotsford and employed a full-time settlement worker to provide settlement services and employment counselling to refugee claimants across the Fraser Valley.
From far and wide...
This year, we have been able to help folks who have been fleeing from persecution and threats to their lives from places as diverse as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iran, Kurdistan and beyond.
They have become much-loved members of the Inasmuch family and continue to build their lives in safety here in beautiful British Columbia. To date we have helped nearly 40 people become engaged, employed and active members of the community in the Fraser Valley.
Leading the way
We’re only a small non-profit, but the wraparound services we provide refugee claimants has been recognized as pioneering in its approach.
Our work has been commended by large settlement organizations such as MOSAIC in Vancouver, as well as the BC Provincial Government. Indeed, we were recently awarded Non-Profit Organization of the Year by Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. We don’t need the recognition – but it sure is nice to receive!
Extending our reach
Members of the Inasmuch team are actively involved in MAP the Multi-Agency Partnership of about 40 agencies (Government, NGO and non-profits) that work with refugee claimants.
They also work closely with the Abbotsford City Homelessness Action Advisory Committee, the Abbotsford Community Hub Centre, Trinity Refugee Awareness Campaign at Trinity Western University, the University of the Fraser Valley and Sevenoaks Alliance Church.
We are also really excited to let you know that VanCity Bank has seen our ESL program in action and has subsequently agreed to fund our Education Program, led by Dr. Angela, for one year.
A second home for Inasmuch
Our second home – which seems to have collectively become known as Inasmuch 2 – has been dedicated and viewed by over 70 people in a special open house. The doors are now open and we expect our first family this week.
The transformation of this tired old tear-down has been spectacular with a new roof, new kitchens, new appliances, furnace, water tank, and more. You wouldn’t believe the difference. Plus, thanks to an amazing team of volunteers the yard has been transformed into a child friendly paradise.
There are so many people to thank, it would take most of this newsletter update, but we would love to recognize our friend and project manager Chad Becher from MEC Developments. Without Chad and his family, we would never have been able to complete this incredible home.
Thank you just doesn’t seem enough.
2018 has been a wonderful year and we thank God for all his abundant blessings and provisions. We took some big steps in faith and we have amazed at how He has provided for us.
The second home project was an $85,000 project and we have been so blessed to have received $70,000 already and we hope to close the gap between now and the end of the year. If you would like to help with the remaining costs of Inasmuch 2, you can do so here:
… Looking forward
It looks like 2019 is going to keep building on this momentum.
We ask that you would prayerfully consider partnering with us via a monthly donation. A regular monthly commitment helps us to budget and plan for the future, as well as being able to deliver the ground-breaking wraparound services that we have become know for.
As we’re fond of saying: “Sometimes the best wraparound service is just a hug!”
And finally a big thank you!
Seriously, we couldn’t achieve any of this without your support, encouragement or prayers. It makes all the difference. All of us on the Inasmuch team are very aware that we are supported by wonderful people whose hearts are for refugee claimants. Thank you.
This weekend we have our annual tradition of cutting the inasmuch Christmas tree. Family members from across the years and all over Vancouver and the Fraser Valley come home to choose the tree and celebrate with decorations, hot chilli and a wonderful family atmosphere. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.