Agathe’s YMCA success story, – belonging starts here.

Agathe is from the Congo and arrived in Canada as a sponsored refugee in 2013. YMCA Newcomer & Settlement Services staff enrolled Agathe in English as a Second Language classes to improve her language skills.   She continued to be supported by her sponsors until recently, when she made the decision to become more independent.  She moved into her own place and is now enrolled in the YMCA Skills Link Program, an Employability through Work Experience Project, funded by the Government of Canada.  Since then, she’s learned about finances, obtaining I.D., bus route transportation, paying rent and utilities and is finding her way.  She’s also obtained various workplace certifications to increase her chances of securing permanent employment.  Through the YMCA Skills Link program, she is currently doing a job placement at a YMCA Child Care Centre in Sarnia, and loving it.  Thanks to YMCA newcomer programs and services, staff assistance and her own determination, Agathe’s confidence has increased significantly. A grateful Agathe now says, “Y Settlement staff have been my angels; I couldn’t have done it without them.”