Action For Healthy Communities (A4HC) is supporting rural Alberta.
Action has been well established in the Edmonton area for 25 years, is funded by the IRCC, and has been successfully supporting new comers to Canada, immigrant and refugee families in a vast majority of ways.
Tabrina Stenz is the Settlement Workers in Scools (SWIS) Practitioner with Action For Healthy Communities in Cold Lake and Bonnyville.
“A4HC has opened and currently establishing small centre offices in several pre-identified communities with a high need,” Stenz told Lakeland Connect. “Currently this includes Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Camrose, and Leduc with the goal of further expansion into further rural communities.”
Stenz says Action offers many supports to their clients. This includes filing for permanent residency and citizenship, tax and financial guidance. She explained this ensures healthy community connections such as support services, medical, dental and mental health are all working in the local school districts to provide in class programming for ESL and ELL learners. Action also provides school staff with community education, training and awareness focused to service their specific client needs.
“We provide in person and online supports and programming such as youth clubs, art club, homework help, audio visual sessions, family interactive activities and more,” Stenz said.
Stenz says COVID-19 has been particularly challenging for many of their families as they navigate our education systems, face unique challenges and are often supporting family overseas financially during this pandemic.
“Many are separated from their immediate family and would benefit from our services and support,” Stenz said.
Unfortunately with the pandemic Stenz says they face a unique situation in trying to connect with the families and clients they know are in our community and are in need of their free services.
“Often our clients are conned into paying large sums for Immigration Services that are unnecessary,” Stenz explained to Lakeland Connect.
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