To learn more about the Family Friend program, call 604-279-7100 or email us here.
Learning About Life in Canada
The Richmond Family Friend Program matches immigrant families with trained volunteer mentors who help them learn about life in Canada.
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, and help you explore your new community.
Program Eligibility: You must live in Richmond and have at least one child under the age of five.
Want to be a Family Friend volunteer?
Want to have a positive impact in the community by helping new Canadian families feel more at home?
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.
If you are a parent or grandparent, or have experience working with children, you can make a difference by helping someone in need.
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 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, call 604-279-7100 or email us here.
Funding for this program is provided by the Auxilium Foundation.