Archdiocese of Sherbrooke marks Intercultural Encounters Week
As part of the Sherbrooke Week of Intercultural Encounters, Nov. 1 to 11, the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke will contribute to the program by offering a café-partage on Friday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 95 rue Ozias-leduc.
The activity entitled Home and Integration: How to Meet the Challenges? will offer a discussion on the reality of newcomers and the challenges they face every day. The animation will be provided by Fr. Jean-marc Grégoire c.m.m and Véronique Douti from the intercultural pastoral mission of the Archdiocese. They will be accompanied by Louise Carrier, a volunteer with newcomers.
"When you come to a new country, you have to adapt to a completely different world. Whether at the grocery store, pharmacy, or other public places, you must recreate landmarks. Everything has to be learned, "said Douti.
Intercultural pastoral care by the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke pays particular attention to the material, social, and spiritual needs of refugees and people of immigrant background. It offers sponsorship and helps newcomers on a daily basis.
The organization supports immigrant families who do not speak French by providing support for parent meetings at school or for medical appointments. It can also provide transport for some to classes or teach the basics of driving to those who have to practice to obtain their license.
The leaders of the intercultural pastoral mission have also set up a sewing workshop where women of all religions are welcome. This training allows immigrant women to learn how to handle thread and the needle while socializing with each other.
The purpose of these interventions is to help newcomers adapt to their new home environment and to quickly regain their social autonomy.