Newcomer & Settlement Services

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Aylmer Resource Centre follows public health unit guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including sanitizing, social distancing, and masks.

We continue to serve clients by phone, text, e-mail, and in-person following COVID safety measures.

Please call or e-mail to make your appointment.

Services are available Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-4pm & Thursdays 10am-7pm. We are closed for lunch 12:30pm-1pm. Phone: 519-765-3020, e-mail: [email protected]

Aylmer Resource Centre
16 Talbot Street East

Phone: 519-765-3020

Settlement Services provides information and referrals to newcomers in the community. We help newcomers adapt and settle into the region. We offer individual sessions or group sessions to support them through the immigration process. While newcomers are our target group, we also provide support for the general public to access wide variety of federal and provincial services.

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Settlement Services

Settlement Services helps newcomers transition to life in Canada. The initial couple of years in a new country can be overwhelming.  We can provide the support and cultural understanding to make it easier for the newcomer to access information and services.

Information & Referral – Orientation to Ontario, referral to community services. Provide information on Permanent Residency, Citizenship, Work and Visitor Records to newcomers wishing to settle in Canada.  We can help you find appropriate information about Child Tax Benefits, health, Social Insurance Numbers, Driver licencing and other governmental services.

Family Support – Connecting newcomer families and individuals with appropriate religious, cultural, legal and other local services.

Interpretation – Assist newcomers by interpreting oral or written communication to make information and services more accessible to the English learner and/or low literacy newcomer.

Education – Collaborate with schools to encourage and promote education of both children and adults wishing to continue their education. Partner with schools for inclusive school environments where newcomer children and youth can thrive without losing their ethnic identity.

Resources:

For Information on Temporary Foreign Worker Program, visit the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services website : Home - F.A.R.M.S. (farmsontario.ca)

For information on working in Canada, visit the Government of Canada website: Get a work permit - Canada.ca

 What is it like to be a newcomer to Canada?

We invite you to read the story "Green Bananas," written by one of our Settlement Workers, for insight into the cultural identity of some newcomers and some of their experiences adjusting to life in  Southwestern Ontario.

ImageGreen Bananas Part 1

Green Bananas Part 2

Contact MCS Newcomer Settlement Services

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Mennonite Community Services

Mennonite Community Services

MCS is a charitable organization & offers the following: newcomer settlement, employment services, family education (ESL, basic life skills, school readiness for preschoolers, support for expecting moms) thrift shop, & Low German radio station.

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Wow! Only one day into our matching campaign, and over $2,000 has already been donated! Thank you so much to these donors. 🙏🤗

Read the details on why now is a great time to give! 💡🎁:

All donations made to MCS from Tuesday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 14, will be matched by TWO very generous local businesses, up to $15,000 each!

This means that your gift is tripled! If you give $25, MCS will receive $75, if you give $100, MCS will receive $300, or if you give $500, MCS will receive $1,500! 😮

You can donate online, at www.mcson.org, in-person at the Aylmer Resource Centre, 16 Talbot St. E in Aylmer, by mail to 16 Talbot St. E, Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4. Donations over $10 are tax receiptable. We invite you to call us at 519-765-3020 if you have questions.

Thank you for considering donating, and helping keep our essential services available to the community!

#Giving #Donors #AylmerON #MennoniteCommunityServices
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Wow! Only one day into our matching campaign, and over $2,000 has already been donated! Thank you so much to these donors. 🙏🤗

Read the details on why now is a great time to give! 💡🎁:

All donations made to MCS from Tuesday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 14, will be matched by TWO very generous local businesses, up to $15,000 each! 

This means that your gift is tripled! If you give $25, MCS will receive $75, if you give $100, MCS will receive $300, or if you give $500, MCS will receive $1,500! 😮

You can donate online, at www.mcson.org, in-person at the Aylmer Resource Centre, 16 Talbot St. E in Aylmer, by mail to 16 Talbot St. E, Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4. Donations over $10 are tax receiptable. We invite you to call us at 519-765-3020 if you have questions.

Thank you for considering donating, and helping keep our essential services available to the community!

#Giving #Donors #AylmerON #MennoniteCommunityServices

Today is Giving Tuesday and we are kicking off the MCS Matching Campaign!

All donations made to MCS from Tuesday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 14, will be matched by TWO very generous local businesses, up to $15,000 each!

This means that your gift is tripled! If you give $25, MCS will receive $75, if you give $100, MCS will receive $300, or if you give $500, MCS will receive $1,500!

MCS has continued to adapt and provide services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We've helped over 2,000 people in our last fiscal year, including many families with documentation and accessing health care. We supported people through job losses and job searches. Dozens of women, children, and babies received support in developing English language and life skills, nutrition, and pre- and postnatal care, all the more needed during pandemic restrictions.

In addition, radio listeners felt less alone when they heard inspiring music and uplifting programs through Radio De Brigj CHPD 105.9FM. And, we reached out to support seniors during times of isolation. These essential services depend on your support.

Because of the pandemic, we have not been able to hold our usual fundraising events: the Annual Banquet in the spring, the Annual Auction and Food Fest that normally happens in June, and our Thrift Store was closed for long periods of time. This has had a big negative impact on our funds.

We invite you to support us and give the gift of helping others this Christmas!

You can donate online, at www.mcson.org, in-person at the Aylmer Resource Centre, 16 Talbot St. E in Aylmer, by mail to 16 Talbot St. E, Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4. Donations over $10 are tax receiptable. We invite you to call us at 519-765-3020 if you have questions.
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Today is Giving Tuesday and we are kicking off the MCS Matching Campaign!

All donations made to MCS from Tuesday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 14, will be matched by TWO very generous local businesses, up to $15,000 each! 

This means that your gift is tripled! If you give $25, MCS will receive $75, if you give $100, MCS will receive $300, or if you give $500, MCS will receive $1,500!

MCS has continued to adapt and provide services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Weve helped over 2,000 people in our last fiscal year, including many families with documentation and accessing health care. We supported people through job losses and job searches. Dozens of women, children, and babies received support in developing English language and life skills, nutrition, and pre- and postnatal care, all the more needed during pandemic restrictions.

In addition, radio listeners felt less alone when they heard inspiring music and uplifting programs through Radio De Brigj CHPD 105.9FM. And, we reached out to support seniors during times of isolation. These essential services depend on your support.

Because of the pandemic, we have not been able to hold our usual fundraising events: the Annual Banquet in the spring, the Annual Auction and Food Fest that normally happens in June, and our Thrift Store was closed for long periods of time. This has had a big negative impact on our funds.

We invite you to support us and give the gift of helping others this Christmas!

You can donate online, at www.mcson.org, in-person at the Aylmer Resource Centre, 16 Talbot St. E in Aylmer, by mail to 16 Talbot St. E, Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4. Donations over $10 are tax receiptable. We invite you to call us at 519-765-3020 if you have questions.

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Congratulations Abe! We're so grateful for all your hard work and service over the years. You've truly made a difference in our community. Thank you to the Aylmer & Area Chamber of Commerce for presenting this award!The Aylmer & Area Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award is all about recognizing local organizations and business members that truly exemplify community spirit. Chris Button, on behalf of Bakery Tilly Trillium LLP presented the 2021 award to Abe Harms, formerly of Mennonite Community Services.

Congratulations to Abe and thank you for your dedication! Abe retired from MCS in August 2021 but his work in our community continues and for that we are grateful.

In recognition of the dedication Abe has shown to improving our community, the Aylmer office of Baker Tilly Trillium LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants will make a donation on his behalf to a registered charity of his choice.
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Congratulations Abe! Were so grateful for all your hard work and service over the years. Youve truly made a difference in our community. Thank you to the Aylmer & Area Chamber of Commerce for presenting this award!
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