Richmond Family Friend Program

To learn more about the Family Friend program, please call 604-279-7100 or submit inquiry here.


Life in Canada

The Richmond Family Friend Program helps immigrant families deal with challenges they face as they become familiar with a new culture and way of life. By way of matching immigrant families with trained volunteer mentors, the program provides an accessible, affordable and informal way to learn how to meet the challenges of parenting, relationships, and personal development as immigrants become familiar with Canadian culture.

The Family Friend program can help you if you are:

  • Finding it difficult to be a parent
  • Feeling isolated and alone
  • Struggling with life changes
  • Experiencing language barriers
  • Wanting to learn about life in Canada
  • Trying to find community resources that can help you

A Family Friend will provide you with support and friendship. They will connect you with people and programs in the community. You will also choose activities to enjoy together so you can get out and explore your new community.
Program Eligibility: To be eligible for the program you must live in Richmond and have at least one child under the age of five. If you’re feeling alone and could use a new friend, call us, we’re here to help.

Want to be a Family Friend volunteer?

The Richmond Family Friend program is looking for volunteers who want to have a positive impact in the community by helping new Canadian families feel more at home. If you are a parent or grandparent, or have experience working with children, you can make a difference by helping someone in need.

Many immigrant families feel isolated in their new country. They have the stress of raising children in a place where they don’t know the systems, and they often have language barriers. They feel very much alone and could use a friend who knows the community. As a volunteer, we’ll provide you with training and ongoing support so you can share your life experiences and become a mentor and a friend to a new Canadian.

To become a Family Friend you will need to be available for two to four hours each week. Once you’re matched with a new immigrant family you will spend time together, helping them understand their new country and take part in activities in their community.

How to find us:

Family Services of Greater Vancouver
The Caring Place
250 – 7000 Minoru Blvd
Richmond, BC V6Y 3Z5

To learn more, contact 604-279-7100 or submit inquiry here.

Funding for this program is provided by the Auxilium Foundation.