Imagine you are new to a country. You have no or little friends, very little money, and you have to get a job, find housing and learn how to speak English. That is a daunting task if you are single, but what if you have a family to support? These exact circumstances are about to be true for the over 20,000 refugees that Canada has promised to welcome from the Syrian crisis. Who is there to help these folks get acclimated and settled in their new country? In Richmond, they have Richmond Family Place and for the second year in a row Fine Choice Foods chooses them to support with their act of kindness. It’s a Richmond business helping a Richmond community organization helping any family that needs help in Richmond. This is what living and doing business in a community is all about, helping each other.
Who is Richmond Family Place and what do they do that is so vital to their community? They are a hub and a safe place to bring their kids while they access programs to learn about how to raise their children and integrate into Canada. Many times these programs take place near meal time and Richmond Family Place sets a table every Wednesday for parents and kids to enjoy a healthy hot meal. With an influx of new refugees arriving soon I expect they will be tasked with supporting many new Canadians feel welcome.
In 2012 along with five other organizations the United Way recognized Richmond Family Place’s “Early Years Refugee Project.” This will be a godsend to the new immigrants arriving any time.
For the second year in a row Fine Choice Foods has chosen to support Richmond Family Place as one if its kind acts. Employees donated gently used winter clothes, and the company matched the donations with cases of Pork and Chive Gow Jee.
So many clothes and dumplings were donated it filled the back of their car.
In total two large bins of clothes were donated along with four cases of Chinese dumplings. Enough to clothe a couple of families and fill at least a few Wednesday dinner menus. Whether they’ve just arrived in Canada or have been here for a few years, I am sure the support they receive at Richmond Family Place goes a long way and with help from great community members like Fine Choice Foods they can help more people.