We're often asked when people find out about inasmuch: "what is it that you actually do?"
We could just reply with "transition housing for refugee claimants."
But it's so much more than that. Here's just a few of the things we help our family members with.
We provide for all of the needs of our family members: safe home, comfortable furnishings, good food, quality clothing, medical care, and transportation.
Guidance & support
We walk alongside our family members through the various stages of their application to remain in Canada; we work with them through the process and ensure they get to their meetings with lawyers, immigration hearings and more.
Mentoring & integration
We educate our family members on Canadian society, culture and values. We introduce them to our friends and community, help them find good jobs, and support their transition from our home to a place of their own. Ultimately, we help them become true Canadians who love and contribute to our country.
Specialized English coaching
Our family members arrive with various levels of English proficiency - from knowing just a simple greeting to understanding language basics. Our in-house Doctor of Linguistics (we’re not kidding, she’s that good!) develops and conducts weekly lessons specific to the level, needs and profession of each family member. Lessons range from basic language skills, English for academic purposes (e.g. university studies), and specialist courses such as “English for Finance” or “English for Engineering”.
We also offer infield guidance including university tours, interview assistance, and resume creation.
People who live and work with us become part of our family; we eat together, laugh with each other, celebrate one another’s joys and mourn each other’s losses. We stick together through thick and thin. If you join our team you may become a brother or sister to someone, grandparent or parent, auntie or uncle.
Here’s how we officially describe our work … in case you’re looking for a summary!
Inasmuch Community Society provides transition housing, settlement services, customized employment counseling and basic living support in the first six to eight months following an asylum seeker’s arrival in BC. Our purpose is to create a family, a home and a supportive community for refugee claimants.
We support them through the challenges of the refugee claim process and share each other’s joys along the way. We create ongoing community through big family meals, birthday celebrations and seasonal events like Easter, an annual Summer picnic, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We walk alongside them through their journey and they become part of our big and diverse family.
At the heart of what we do, and the key to the success of the refugee program is the unique combination of personalized settlement services and our Canadian cultural English language education program. This combination has enabled the refugee claimants to find work, volunteer, make friends and integrate very successfully into Canadian society.
Bottom line, we help our family members thrive in their new community and a feel a true sense of belonging. Because, as our logo underlines, Inasmuch is their home.