Welcoming and Supporting Refugee Families in the Lower Mainland.

New Hope provides housing and support services for refugee families as they transition into life in Canada. They own and operate a 13-unit apartment building in Surrey, BC and partner with community agencies to help refugee families access resources they may need.

Through our dedicated staff and generous volunteers, we provide support services such as language training, educational assistance, employment opportunities, and more. Moreover, we create a supportive, welcoming community for newcomers to gain their independence and thrive.

The link to their website is : https://newhopecs.org/

 

Their stories
  •  "When I was in fourth grade, I remember that one of my friends was crying at school because she was going to get married that day. She had no choice. There the women and girls can only stay home and do housework and take care of the kids. In Canada, we can raise our girls in freedom and an open mind."
    • Pray for our women and girls, openly navigating the cultural contrasts of womanhood. Many express delight at the opportunity to study, drive a car, or walk outside alone for the first time. May God fill them with dreams for their futures.
  •  "We really don't want to leave here. But we know that everything we have in our lives in Canada is because of New Hope, so we want to give another family the opportunity to experience this community. After we move out, can we pay for a pizza party for the building?"
    • Pray for 4 families who are reaching the end of their 18 months with us - two have already found housing, and two are still looking. It will be really sad to say goodbye to this cohort.
  •  "We were in the air on our way to Canada when our city Mazar-I-Sharif fell to the Taliban."
    • Yesterday I visited one of our alumni Afghani families. They were my next door neighbours 3 years ago, just months after they had been targeted by the Taliban and fled, leaving behind their teenage twin sons in Afghanistan with their eldest son. We've been praying for their reunification for years. Miracle of miracles -  the twins arrived in Canada just 5 days ago, literally hours after their city had fallen to the Taliban. Wow. Meanwhile their eldest son's family and other alumni families haven't been so lucky. I've been lighting a candle every evening this week to hold Afghanistan in my heart and prayers, maybe you'd like to do the same? 
Praises
  • Thank God, through our prayers, care and invitations, refugees who have recently arrived in our community will open up and live a healthy life again. Pray that God will continue to use our service to share God’s love with them.
  • Praise God that one of our families got into BC Housing and moved out yesterday!
Prayers
  •  One of our residents is in the final stages of getting his wife and 3 kids to arrive in Canada - they've been separated for 2 agonizing years. Pray for the final logistics to be solidified! 
  • Statistically, summer is when the educational gap between the rich and the poor widens, especially without literacy opportunities at home. We are trying to bridge that gap with educational programming at New Hope this summer - pray for rich learning opportunities!
  • This year we're praying for 20 new monthly donors to invest in the ongoing work of New Hope. We're hosting a dessert night at New Hope on June 16 for anyone interested in learning more. Please pray that God will continue to meet our financial needs.

 

 

As of July, 2022