Visit our COVID-19 resource page for links and information on remote social support for vulnerable newcomers.
Together Project connects refugee newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities.
We match Welcome Groups of four or more volunteers with newly arrived refugees for social and integration support.
In response to COVID-19, Together Project is adapting our volunteer training to offer effective remote social support to Government-Assisted Refugees, Protected Persons and Refugee Claimants.
Together Project supports our work through evidence-based program evaluation and research to inform and improve our impact.
Together Project looks forward to working with a new spring cohort of TD Welcome Group volunteers who will be matched with refugee newcomer families for six months of social and integration support. With the support of the TD Ready Commitment Network, Together Project has matched 14 TD Welcome Groups consisting of 96 TD volunteers since 2019. In our most recent survey of government-assisted refugee participants, with 9 households responding:
-100% of households reported satisfaction with the match experience
-100% of households reported feeling less socially isolated
-100% of households reported feeling that their match has helped them make progress towards their most important integration priorities
-89% of household reported the formation of stronger social connections
-78% of households reported feeling more welcome in their communities.
Learn more about a match between a newcomer family from Mississauga and a TD Welcome Group at TD Stories.
Thank you to MakeWay for featuring Together Project’s work in this new article. ”
“Since its inception, Together Project has partnered with five settlement agencies and made more than 175 matches between 650 newcomers and 700 volunteers. 90% of volunteers report having learned more about refugee integration, and 80% of refugee newcomers report that their Welcome Group has helped them feel more connected to their communities, and resilient through their settlement journey in Canada. Pivoting to continue programming through the Covid-19 pandemic, Together Project was able to design a model of “remote social support.”