Community News

April 23: Refugee Welcome House Gathering

Members, friends and guests are all warmly invited to celebrate our new Refugee Welcome House!

Date: Sunday, April 23
Refreshments: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Place: 2905 Skeena St, Vancouver

  • Open house; come and go!
  • Tour the house and meet the core hosts
  • Participate in naming the house
  • Peruse our silent auction items
  • Enjoy a cake-cutting at 4:00
  • Talk to us about JHC's 2017

There will be opportunity to donate and participate with us in the launch of this exciting new project!

April 7: Annual Celebration Event & General Meeting

Members and Friends of Journey Home Community are invited to our annual general meeting. The purpose of the short business meeting is to conduct the business of the Association and to elect new members to the Board of Directors. We low key the "business" and highlight the CELEBRATION!

Date: Friday, April 7
Refreshments: 6:30 pm
Celebration: 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Place: Fireside Room at Willingdon Church, 4812 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby

Refreshments & Socializing - Refugee Family Stories & Entertainment - Presentations
Highlights of 2016 - Short Business Meeting

December 9: Celebrate Christmas with our Refugee Community

Friends of Journey Home Community are invited celebrate Christmas with our Refugee Community on December 9.

  • Activites and crafts
  • Christmas dinner
  • Conversation and friendship

Time: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Place: Journey Home Office, 7175 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby

 

November 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • The extraordinary in the ordinary
  • Between the momentous and the mundane
  • A new life, new culture, new people, new ideas, new mind
  • 4 ways you can support refugees this Christmas
  • In 2017...
  • With thanks

Download the Newsletter

October 1: Ride for Refuge

The 2016 RIDE was another great blessing for Journey Home Community. More than 700 riders saddled up for the Vancouver ride, 174 of which for Journey Home. Together, the Journey Home riders had 890 donors and raised over $65,000; much needed funds that will bring kindness and care to refugee families arriving in Metro Vancouver. A huge THANK YOU to all our captains, riders and donors for making RIDE 2016 such a success.

April 1: Annual Celebration Event & General Meeting

Members of Journey Home Community held their General Meeting on April 1. After the business portion of the meeting, we celebrated through the stories and testimonies of a number of refugees and volunteers.

September: The Province newspaper mentions JHC

The Province newspaper covered JHC's 10th anniversary.

Please see The Province website for more information.

June: The Light Magazine mentions JHC

In their June 2015 issue, The Light magazine carries a feature on Word Refugee Day (June 20) and Journey Home Community's role in providing assistance to refugee claimant families.

Please see The Light Magazine website for more information.

June 14/21: World Refugee Sunday

We invite you to celebrate World Refugee Sunday 2015 on June 14 or 21! The UN General Council decided in 2001 to commemorate 20 June annually as World Refugee Day. World Refugee Sunday is an opportunity for you to join churches around the world in praying for refugees and internally displaced.

Please sse the Refugee Highway Partnership website for more information.

May 1 2015: Annual Celebration Event & General Meeting

The Journey Home Community held is Annual General Meeting was help at Willingdon Church on May 1. We took care of business, elected new members to the Board of Directors, and celebrated God's grace!

November 2014: Journey Home Thrift Closed

The Journey Home Thrift Store closed on November 1. We did not renew its lease as it was too expensive. We are seeking another affordable location with plans to open up again soon.

A big Thank You! to our many loyal customers and Donors.

October 4, 2014: RIDE for REFUGE

The 2014 RIDE was a great achievement for Journey Home Community. 117 riders in 20 teams saddled up for Journey Home. Together, they had over 500 donors and raised over $40,000; much needed funds that will bring kindness and care to refugee families arriving in Metro Vancouver. A huge THANK YOU to all our captains, riders and donors for making RIDE 2014 such a success.

June 14, 2014: Friends Fore JHC Golf Tournament

The annual golf tournament was held at Cove Links Golf Course on on June 14. Some twenty brave soles ignored the wet weather to enjoy golf and friendship, and raise funds for JHC. A great thanks to all that participated, joined us for lunch afterwards, and supported us financially and in prayer.


Executive Director James Grunau with JHC friends Mark, Rod and John

March 28, 2014: Annual Celebration Event & General Meeting

The Journey Home Community held is Annual General Meeting was help at Olivet Baptist Church on March 28. We took care of business, elected new members to the Board of Directors, and celebrated God's grace!

October 5, 2013: RIDE for REFUGE

The 2013 RIDE was a great achievement for Journey Home Community. Our 89 riders woke up to perfect riding weather and joined with 400 others to bike 10, 25, 50 or 100 km, finishing off with a hearty lunch. We set an ambitious goal of raising $36,000 for JHC and, thanks to our generous donors, we surpassed our goal! A huge THANK YOU to all our captains, riders and donors for making RIDE 2013 such a success. Come join us on October 4, 2014!!

September 6, 2013: Journey Home Community in the news

Burnaby Now is featuring a full-page story Journey Home Community and how the Association is helping make refugee families at home. Burnaby Now website.

August 24, 2013: Sumer Picnic and BBQ

Friends of Journey Home enjoyed a wonderful annual Summer Picnic and BBQ. We thank God for friendship and blue skies!

Friends for JHCAugust 17, 2013: "Friend fore JHC" Golf Tournament

The day brought great mix of friendship, good weather and many boogies. A great time was had by all. We thank all friends present (in body or spirit) for their generous financial support.

10,000 VillagesJune 22, 2013: 10,000 Villages Fund-raiser

To mark World Refugee Day, the Ten Thousand Villages store on Granville Island will donate up to 15% of your purchase to Journey Home Community Association in support of their work with refugees.

QR codePresent the coupon when you make your purchase. Download the coupon, and then print it or show it on your smart phone. Valid Saturday, June 22 and from 9am to 7pm

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. View more information on the 10,000 Villages store on Granville Island.

April 4, 2013: Annual Celebration Event and General Meeting

Members of Journey Home Community held their General Meeting on April 4. After the business portion of the meeting, we celebrated through the stories and testimonies of a number of refugees and volunteers.

January 2013: Journey Home Community in the news

The BC Housing website is featuring a story how Journey Home Community helped a refugee family through their transition. BC Housing website.

December, 2012: Bill C-31

On December 15, 2012, new Canadian refugee legislation came into force. Journey Home Community is concerned about many of the provisions in this legislation. In particular, we believe that the law creates a two-tier system of refugee protection in Canada. We are also concerned that groups of refugee claimants will be judged together rather than on the individual merits of their claim; this creates the potential for prejudice in the refugee determination system. We are also concerned that tight time-lines (in some cases, 30 days after arrival) will not allow refugee claimants adequate time to prepare evidence for their hearing. For a summary of the new refugee legislation, please see the Canadian Council for Refugees website.

December 7, 2012: Christmas for Everyone!

Friends of Journey Home Community enjoyed the Family Christmas Party on December 7. Thanks to all the volunteers and those who attended for making this a memorable evening.

October 13, 2012: RIDE for REFUGE

The 2012 RIDE for REFUGE was a huge success, both in terms of the funds raised for people in distress, but also for forging new friendships and having fellowship. Not even the torrential downpour could dampen the spirits.

A big "thank you" to everyone that sponsored our riders or donated their volunteer time to the event. Here are some numbers to show what a great cause you contributed to:

  • Number of teams that rode for JHC: 15
  • Number of riders for JHC: 94
  • Amount raised raised for JHC: over $17,000

See you next year!

 

May/June 2012 Changes in Federal Refugee Legislation

Bill C-31 is currently being debated in Parliament. It proposes a number of significant changes to Canada’s system of refugee protection. We have prepared an information sheet summarizing the proposed changes and our concerns.

March 1, 2012: JHC Office Move

WE ARE MOVING....but not too far away! An opportunity has come up to share space at the Royal Oak Community Church where we will have our offices and access to other facilities in the church building. So after March 1 come visit us there, 7175 Royal Oak Avenue (at Victory Street), Burnaby, one block south of the Royal Oak Skytrain Station. Entrance to the church and the parking lot is on Victory Street.

Our office hours are M - F, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, afternoons by appointment

June 20 & 27, 2010: World Refugee Day

A brief introduction to how Journey Home Community became established in response to the needs of refugee claimant families arriving in Metro Vancouver. See how you might become involved.

 

Newsletter Archive

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