Dear Friends of Adam House,
COVID-19 is rocking the world and many of you may be wondering how it is impacting refugees, and more specifically, Adam House.
Our community has been abiding by government recommendations as we are actively monitoring the current situation. For the interim our Tuesday and Friday evening programs have been cancelled until further notice. We are offering reduced staff hours and our drop-in services are cancelled. We are greatly appreciative of our volunteers, although for the time being we request you not to come in until the situation improves.
Moreover, our residents have been asked to not look for housing as we will not be taking in new residents until further notice.
Worldwide the situation is extremely precarious for refugees, particularly those residing in refugee camps where living conditions are cramped and access to adequate healthcare is limited. For more, check out this article: You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee.
In Canada we have closed down our borders to refugees, including irregular arrivals. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees issued a statement, which highlights the severity of the decision to close state borders.
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