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Status of Afghan Resettlement in Lethbridge

September 14, 2021

1107 2A Ave North
Lethbridge AB, T1H 0E6
Phone: 403 327-5724
www.lfsfamily.ca

News Release

September 16, 10:30 AM, MST
 

Status of Afghan Resettlement in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta—September 16, 2021 Members of the Lethbridge Family Services Immigrant Services department, are actively engaged in communication with the Federal government and other stakeholders in Alberta and other provinces in preparation for newcomer arrivals. Over 3,700 Afghan individuals have arrived in Canada so far. Sixteen communities are currently resettling newly arrived Afghan families across Canada, with over sixty percent slated to settle in Ontario. At this time, approximately fifteen individuals have arrived in Edmonton and fifty individuals have arrived in Calgary.

Lethbridge Family Services anticipates several arrivals to Lethbridge in the coming weeks. Settlement manager Savanna Prociw advises, “We stand ready to welcome all refugee newcomers that will be making Lethbridge their new home this year, and in years to come. Refugee newcomers receive comprehensive wraparound supports from both Lethbridge Family Services and other community service providing organizations to ensure they feel supported and welcomed as they become acquainted with their new community. We also welcome and encourage the wider community to become involved with newcomers by extending warm welcomes to our new neighbours.”

Lethbridge Family Services has received many inquiries from the community to assist with the Afghan resettlement in Lethbridge. The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) is accepting cash donations on behalf of the Resettlement Assistance Program Service Providers across the country who are supporting the Afghan settlement. Donations can be made directly to CCIS online at: https://www.ccisab.ca/afghan-resettlement.html or by emailing donations@ccisab.ca.

Lethbridge Family Services assists all government-assisted refugees destined to Lethbridge in securing safe and affordable housing. For inquiries about how you can volunteer with newcomers, or if you are interesting in renting a home to a newcomer family, please email lfsisadmin@LFSfamily.ca.

Lethbridge Family Services is a highly-accredited charitable agency which is the largest community, social, and health services organization in Lethbridge and has been operating since 1910. LFS helps over 8,100 people improve their quality of life on an annual basis with the support of four key Departments: Home Services, Immigrant Services, Counselling, Outreach & Education, and DaCapo Disability Services alongside 380 employees.

 

Media Contact:

Michelle Gallucci
Director, Advancement & Communication
Lethbridge Family Services
mgallucci@lsfamily.ca
Cell: 403-915-8028

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