Syrian refugee sponsor status prompts regional agencies to partner up

CBC News Kitchener Waterloo - The Family Partnership Program is a collaboration between Reception House and Community Volunteers

Local refugee resettlement agency Reception House has launched a new partnership program using resources lined up for privately-sponsored refugees to address the growing number of government-sponsored Syrian refugees arriving in Waterloo Region. 

Between November 2015 and March 2016, the agency received more than 800 refugees, most of whom were fleeing the conflict in Syria, according to community educator Christian Snyder. 

Community connections - Family Partnership Program, which brings together groups of volunteers that already exist in the region with refugee families.

Social support only - "They're specifically for social orientation," Snyder said. "So, sitting down and having tea, riding the bus ... showing them where the libraries are and how to use them."