For more than 15 years, the YMCA of Greater Saint John and Newcomer Connections has partnered with the Canadian government to administer the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) in Saint John.
The Resettlement Assistance Program is a four- to six-week program that provides a range of immediate essential services to government-assisted refugees (GARS) and humanitarian cases for which the federal government has undertaken a financial commitment.
Resettlement Assistance Program services at Y Newcomer Connections include, but are not limited to:
- Reception at the airport
- Arranging temporary and permanent accommodations
- Information and orientation
- Needs assessments and referrals to appropriate supports and services in the community
- Life skills training
- Support services for higher needs individuals
The Saint John YMCA welcomes and helps resettle approximately 65 government-assisted refugees each year. There are many challenges for refugees trying to adjust to a new life here. Language is often a major challenge, as well as navigating our government systems for medicare and health, or filing a tax return, acquiring insurance, accessing daycare, and using transportation systems.
Y Newcomer Connections provides a wide range of longer-term support services to all immigrants (including refugees) including life skills training, settlement counselling, employment and language classes, computer literacy, and volunteer opportunities.