Peer Support

Peer Support

We run a monthly peer support group meeting attended by 120 to 140 refugees and refugee claimants waiting for their Refugee Board hearings. Meetings have speakers and discussion to help people learn about the community and available services, deal with stress while waiting for their hearing or settling as a refugee, or get oriented to Toronto. It also gives people an opportunity to meet other LGBTQ2S+ refugees or claimants.

Over 2,400 refugees and claimants have participated in peer support activities provided by our volunteers and staff. We are working to provide more peer support opportunities. If a refugee or claimant gets involved in a minimum of four activities at MCC Toronto, one of our volunteers will write them a letter of support for their Immigration & Refugee Board hearing.  We do not provide counselling or in-depth one-on-one support to avoid duplicating services that are available through other organizations.

Meetings

Refugee peer support meetings happen on the fourth Sunday of every month. Orientation meetings are on Mondays and we hold an Info Session every Wednesday.
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Thank God you’re doing this work and saving lives. Thank you for asking me to help support it.

MCC Toronto Refugee Fund monthly donor