United Codiac Refugee Committee Update

United Codiac Refugee Committee (UCRC)

In mid-May, Najah and her 4 daughters finally arrived in Moncton.  Najah and her daughters, originally from Syria, had been living in Lebanon for the past few years and are settling in well to life in Moncton.
- Batoul (14 years) is in grade 9 at Harrison Trimble.
- Israa (12 years), Jinane (10 years) and Nour (8 years) are all attending Queen Elizabeth School
- Najah has begun English lessons at MAGMA.

During the summer, the family enjoyed several outings in the area, including a picnic, visit to a volunteer’s cottage and swim, trip to the zoo, strawberry picking, visit to Hopewell Rocks, and hiking and swimming in Kouchibouguac National Park. Throughout the summer, one of our team’s volunteers met with the family 2 or 3 times a week to help them learn the basics of English. The three oldest family members have received their covid vaccinations, and all family members will soon begin getting caught up on their regular vaccinations (tetanus/diptheria, etc.).

Najah and the girls have family living in Moncton (Najah’s brother-in-law and his family) and the two families enjoy being together after having been separated for several years. We currently have a very dedicated small team of volunteers supporting the family, but could use 2 or 3 more volunteers to help with transportation to medical and dental appointments, and school support. If you are interested or would like more
information, please contact one of the Post-Settlement Team co-chairs:
- Bob Adsett at robertadsett@gmail.com or phone: 384-8266, or
- Claudia Schaerer at claudiaschaerer@hotmail.com or phone: 389-4320.

The Ilhemus family who moved to Moncton nearly 3 years ago (already!) are very well settled.

The parents, Suaad and Dhafer, have nearly completed Level 4 English language training at MAGMA. Their 4-year old, Misk, attends daycare at MAGMA and is definitely ready to attend school! The remaining 4 children (7 yr. old Abdul, 12 yr. old Afnan, 18 yr. old Jannat and 19 yr. old Jehan) are in the French school system and all are doing very well.

The children, especially the younger ones, flip back and forth between English and French and Arabic with ease.

Manar, the first refugee sponsored by UCRC, arrived in Moncton in April 2017. He was unsuccessful in getting his medical credentials recognized in New Brunswick. In spring 2019, Manar flew to Germany, where his brother lives, learned German in 6 months, had his medical credentials recognized and is now working as a family doctor. In June 2021, Manar flew back to Syria to marry his long-time fiancée, Haya. Haya is now in Germany with Manar. Haya is trained as a doctor, and hopes to work as a doctor. We wish them both well as they begin married life together!

There is another family that UCRC is in the process of assisting.

The Alqadi family (mother, father and 3 year old daughter) is currently living in the United Arab Emirates and has been trying for several years to immigrate to Moncton to join the wife’s parents and brother. The funds necessary to support the family for one year have been raised by the relatives. UCRC recently heard that there is some movement on the family’s file. We are hopeful that the family will arrive in Canada within the next year. UCRC’s responsibility with this family will be to help with orientation and paperwork associated with arriving in Canada as refugees.

Visions in the Cloud – Sept 26

Welcome

"Songs for the Journey"

Everyday we make a journey in faith. Sometimes this journey takes us into the interior landscape of our minds and hearts, sometimes outward into the world. This week we turn to a small collection of Psalms known as the Pilgrimage Psalms (Psalms 120-134). We consider the well known verses of Psalm 121, reminding us that wherever we find ourselves on this journey of life, God is, indeed, holding our lives.

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09-24 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

The apartments are complete and this week residents began moving in!

The walkway entrance to the hub is installed. (Note: the wooden railing is temporary until the permanent railing is installed.) The parking lot is graded and ready for paving.

The major pieces that need completion before the Hub side of the building can open are the stairwells, the flooring in the Multi-purpose room, the audio-visual system and the kitchen.

You can also check out the Community Hub on Joyce Facebook page which is updated almost daily. Visit: facebook.com/communityhubonjoyce/

Front Entrance to walkway

Front Door


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Walkway to entrance

This Community Hub project is a partnership between the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick and Visions United Church.

09-17 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

A lot of progress has been made both in the interior and exterior this week. Above you can see that the concrete was poured for the walkway entrance. Preparation for handrail installment is also in the works.
The apartment half of the Hub is basically complete and waiting to welcome it's new residents.
The second floor is 95% complete. The new copier was just delivered!
The ceiling of the Great Room is in! The natural light in this room is incredible.
The next steps for this space include the installation of the flooring and the AV system.

The building's security system is now installed.

You can also check out the Community Hub on Joyce Facebook page which is updated almost daily. Visit: www.facebook.com/communityhubonjoyce/
We are getting closer!

Walkway to Entrance

Great Room ceiling and lighting

Hub Printer_Photocopier

Apartment Livingroom

Apartment Kitchen


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Apartment Hallway - Gleaming Floors

Apartment Bedroom

Apartment Bathroom

Bathroom

This Community Hub project is a partnership between the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick and Visions United Church.

Visions in the Cloud – Sept 19

Welcome

In God Alone

In this age where the news seems to be bad and getting worse, where do we place our faith? This week, we examine two Wisdom Psalms that bolster our faith and our trust in God. We take comfort in the knowledge God's Love is always holding us.

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Visions in the Cloud – Sept 12

Welcome

"Singing the Blues"

There are times in our lives when we feel disoriented, we lose our bearings, our heart is heavy, our faith wavers. Psalms of Lament honour these moments with a song. This week we continue our exploration of the Psalms and consider how the spiritual practice of lament nurtures compassionate awareness for self and others. Even when we are 'singing the blues', God's Love keeps holding us.

We've been using some music by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan in this series. Listen to his piece "Desert Blues", a contemporary lament psalm, here:

- https://www.psalmimmersion.com/desert-blues

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09-10 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

Please view the video to hear Rev. Shawn's September 10th Community Hub Update.

Visions volunteers were on-site today helping make the beds in the apartments. A lot happened this week on the hub side, too! The "finish line" is closer.

Reception, Office Admin desk

Water filling station, foyer

Visions volunteers

Minister's Office flooring

Front entrance ready for cement walkway

Applicances for laundry rooms


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Visions volunteers

Visions volunteers

Reception desk view to entrance

Kitchen Flooring

Bathroom

Apartment entrance

Apartment bed

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Visions in the Cloud – Sept 5

Welcome

"Singing our Gratitude"
The Book of Psalms offers a song for many moments along life's journey. This week we turn to Psalms of Thanksgiving as we consider the importance of practicing gratitude. We give thanks for all the ways God's Love keeps holding us during this pandemic. Watch for the special video of voices of our Visions' friends "Praying the ABC's of Gratitude"!

 

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