A group of Syrian newcomers bussed to value village to rebuild wardrobes

FREDERICTON – As Syrian families prepare to travel from the Riverside Resort in Mactaquac to their new homes in Edmundston, St Stephen, Woodstock and Bathurst – 36 individuals will start with a field trip to Value Village to rebuild their wardrobes on Tuesday morning, March 29th.

As part of a provincial partnership formed with Value Village, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council and the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Value Village has so far provided over 1000 vouchers valued at approximately $150.00/per person, in order to help Syrian newcomers rebuild their wardrobes.

“Value Village has the infrastructure, large staff teams, and a well-organized assortment of sizes and styles.  This has made for an excellent partnership and a very positive shopping experience for the Syrian families.” said Alex LeBlanc, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council.  “Each Syrian newcomer is provided a voucher of up to $150.00 for clothing and other items from Value Village.  This works out to $750.00 for a family of 5, which is fantastic.  It’s a great way for them to get started in their new homes”.

“The women in particular have been very excited to go shopping, so the trip this morning will be a nice experience for these families.  Getting new clothing is a big first step when resettling.” said Lisa Bamford, Executive Director of the Multicultural Association of Fredericton.  “The families who are shopping today will settle in new communities, other than Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.  There won’t be Value Village stores in those new communities, so it’s fantastic that they can shop for the clothing before they travel to their new homes.” said Bamford.