AGC Settlement Handbook

SettlementHandbookMuch of the practical preparation that goes into welcoming a former refugee family to their community needs to be done by sponsors pre-arrival. The 72-page AGC Settlement Handbook will be the key resource to ensure sponsors have asked the right questions and are prepared. Chapter titles include:

  • Pre-Arrival Preparations
  • Considerations for Successful Settlement
  • Week of Arrival
  • First Month
  • During the Year
  • Preparing for Independence
  • After the Settlement Year

Core Teams should plan to read through the handbook together in the months prior to arrival, discussing the topics together in light of their specific situation.

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Monthly Sponsor Meetings

Once an application has been submitted and sponsors have been approved, teams are invited to attend a one-hour monthly meeting for all groups sponsoring with the AGC. During these meetings sponsors will receive updates, be reminded of key settlement components, and learn from one another as experiences are shared from different stages of the sponsorship journey. These meetings are an opportunity for us to learn from one another - to share the joys and the frustrations - better equipping all of us as we anticipate working with newcomers.

Email reminders are sent to the Team Lead who should attempt to ensure one or two people from their team attend each meeting. 

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