Immigrating: Home Away from Home

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By Lucy Robinson, Development Officer

Published December 2004. Some information in this article may be outdated.

What does “home” mean to you? For some home is “where the heart is,” and for others home is “where you hang your hat.” Home can mean different things to different people. But when you leave a home behind, sometimes it can take a long time before you feel “at home” in your new country.

At New Experiences for Newcomer Women (NEW), we understand that newcomers may be very “homesick” when they arrive on our doorstep and so we try our best to provide the tools they need to make a new (and happy!) home here in Canada. We are very proud of the fact that our welcoming and supportive environment has been called a “second home” by many of our clients.

Home is where you are.

.but where you are may not always be a happy place. Sometimes it can even seem a bit cold and unforgiving in the beginning.

“Since I landed Canada as an immigrant, I don’t know how to do and what to do at first, and I have been confused for a long time. After that I found New Experiences.. It’s a nice place and you can feel to be treated as a real member of this big family.” T.X.

“I came from Thailand. I have been here for a year and 10 months. First time I came to this school, I felt like home.” K.P.

We offer women a place of warmth and acceptance, because we believe this will help them to find the confidence with which to pursue their goals, and to establish themselves in Canada.

Home is who you are.

.and where you should expect to be accepted.
At NEW everyone is accorded the respect and dignity they deserve.
“Everyone who comes from different nationalities and religions will treated equally. It’s fabulous that I could meet such many people and to become a friend to them.” T.X.

We believe that differences are to be celebrated and add to the beautiful mosaic that is Canada!

Home is how you are.

.and should be a safe place to express yourself.

“Here I found a place and people that I can share my feelings and this helps me a lot. And I could do my best. I understood that I’m not alone in my feelings, because everyone understands how difficult it is at the very beginning in Canada for newcomers.” T.V.

Because we all have sorrows, frustrations and headaches, being able to talk about them, to ask questions and get information is important. It is the first step to finding solutions.

Home is what you are.

.and what you can be.

“I feel free to learn and become useful for my new home – Canada. I think this is the best place for all new immigrant women who need English. Although we are from different countries, we are women, we are mothers, we really have a lot in common.” Y.K.

At NEW we believe in giving women the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to help themselves and their families. We look forward to welcoming you to our home in the near future!

NEW (New Experiences for Newcomer Women) Offers
Free English Classes

  • Free childminding (6 mths to 4 1/2 yrs old)
  • Computer lab
  • Conversation class
  • Volunteer opportunities

Settlement Services

  • Information
  • Referrals

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Employment Assistance

  • Letters and résumés
  • Interview skills
  • Volunteer placements
  • Connecting with employers

745 Danforth Ave., Ste. 401, Toronto, ON M4J 1L4 (One block east of Pape, south side of Danforth Ave.)
Telephone: 416-469-0196
Website: www.new.icomm.ca

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