UW Funds Additional Newcomer & Refugee Services



UW Funds Additional Newcomer & Refugee Services

January 21, 2016 The Centres for Employment and Learning to Increase their Support Role United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is pleased to announce funding for The Centre for Employment and Learning (CEL) of the Avon Maitland School Board to increase their support of newcomers, including refugees. With the funding, The CEL will provide needs assessment and referral services by increasing hours for current English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructors throughout Perth and Huron Counties from January until March. A longer term funding application is currently under review. CEL offices are located in Stratford, Listowel, Wingham, Goderich, Clinton, Exeter and Seaforth. “UWPH is pleased to be able to provide this funding – with more refugees arriving, and the number of newcomers in the region on the rise in general, we were glad to help The CEL’s provide more support”, says Ryan Erb, Executive Director. Further, The CEL is a great partner because of their existing connection to newcomers throughout the region. “We are one of the first places newcomers call because we offer language training. For many years, our ESL Instructors have been helping newcomers of all ages by referring them to services, but they’ve never had enough time to do it as well as they would like. This funding makes that possible.” says Erin Jones, CEL Site Coordinator, Stratford. Nelson Couto, VP of Resource Development, explains “This is a great example of United Way responding to an immediate need. Being flexible to deal with timely concerns is one of the strengths of our organization.” For

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