The newcomer kitchen at Wesley Urban Ministries is cooking up something heartfelt for the community.
Every week newly arrived refugees, many from Syria, roll up their sleeves for an educational course on preparing healthy meals with local ingredients.
Manager of Resource Development Andrea Buttars says it’s just one example of how Syrian families are embracing their new community.
“Kids are in school, the parents are in English as a second language and some of those parents have even started to work in the Hamilton community.”
Adding, “they’re really getting to know their neighbourhoods, whether going to the local public library or recreation centre.”
Wesley has welcomed nearly one thousand Syrians since December of 2015.
With permanent housing and supportive programming in place, many are now looking to give back.
Participants of the cooking course will be creating a double batch of rhubarb squares and black bean brownies for a bake sale.
All proceeds will support children and youth programming at Wesley through the Case for Kids Walk, Run, Ride event happening at Bayfront Park on June 5th.