Changing Together- A Center for Immigrant Women Association
A Message from our Changing Together Staff
It has been over a month since the Center closed its doors and suspended all classes, programs and activities. It was our hope that the crisis would end by this time and that we would be able to resume operations. Unfortunately, this is not to happen considering that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown in Alberta and the rest of Canada and the world continues indefinitely.
From communications with some of you, we are aware of the difficulties many of you are experiencing emotionally, mentally, physically and financially. You have lost jobs and income and are unable to meet your day-to-day needs and obligations. You have young children to feed, keep busy and entertained, and take care of, now more than ever. You are in an unhappy, undesirable relationship and find yourself in a more vulnerable situation and do not know where to go for help. You are isolated, with no one to talk to or reach out for comfort and support. You miss coming to the Center every day, miss your learning and daily activities, your instructors, volunteers, classmates and friends with whom you share your struggles and joys. You miss the spontaneous celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, and any occasion for having a celebration just because. You miss the opportunity to be creative with your sewing, quilting and knitting classes. You miss being able to confide your problems, worries and fears with someone who is actually willing to listen and to help find a solution.
We miss all of you, too, and we look forward to the day when we could welcome you back to the Center and celebrate once again our being together as one family. In the meantime, we pray that you and your loved ones remain well and healthy, and that you use this time of indefinite solitude to get to know your spouses, children, parents and loved ones better, to practice patience, and to be creative with your daily activities – in cooking, baking, sewing, cleaning your homes, reading and practicing your English, whatever it is that will keep you busy and motivated until we meet again.
If you need to connect with us, please send us an email at email@example.com or leave a telephone message at (780) 421-0175.
With our love and prayers,
Noreen, Josephine, Nasim, Leticia and Dany