The road to financial security can seem long and full of obstacles for many. For immigrant and refugee women, men and their families, that path can be even more daunting, especially in the current economic climate.
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The need for basic money management skills came to life as one Welcome Centre Director related the story of a client who applied for and received a credit card and was surprised when the company began to harass her for payment, as she was unaware that repayment was required – she thought that she had been provided with ‘free’ money, having come from a culture where the concept of credit was nonexistent.
It can be daunting to adapt to a new county – immigrants are faced with a new language, different customs and business practices and Welcome Centre Immigrant Services provides a one-stop service under one roof designed to guide and support immigrants through the maze of information and resources and to help immigrants and their families deal with problems related to their adjustment, adaptation and integration in the community.
“When new immigrants come to Canada, in addition to the day-to-day challenges of meeting their basic family needs, searching for housing and seeking employment, they are also entering a materialistic society where people are tempted to purchase things they cannot afford” states Family & Credit Counselling of York Region’s Executive Director, Susan Heim. “Therefore acquiring money management skills is very important. We want to help them make informed decisions.”