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.