The Arab Community Centre of Toronto believes in the importance of connecting newcomers with their established community partners. During their period of resettlement, newcomer families may feel homesick, isolated, or even disconnected with the values and traditions they were raised with and are accustomed to love and respect.
It is important to assist newcomers to build new social networks within their new communities and integrate into a new society with old traditions and familiar values. With that in mind, we hosted iftars during the holy month of Ramadan to create an environment of giving, generosity and unity.
The Arab Community Centre of Toronto’s staff members along with community partners hosted two community iftars. These became special occasions where ACCT staff and volunteers donated funds and time, cooked and served food to both Syrian newcomer families and their community sponsors. Many established community members were also invited in order to integrate newcomers within their new community, and introduce the Canadian society and cultural norms, and celebrations making the occasion more delightful and welcoming.