Scotiabank writes cheque for $10K to Winnipeg's Welcome Place for Syrian refugees

On Wednesday, the bank wrote the cheque to Welcome Place, which is run by the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, the province's largest refugee settlement agency.

For many people who come to Winnipeg from around the world, Welcome Place is home

Scotia Bank presented Welcome Place with a 10K donation to help with their Syrian refugees project. 0:37

Winnipeg's Welcome Place has $10,000 more to help Syrian refugees adjust to life in Winnipeg, thanks to Scotiabank.

On Wednesday, the bank wrote the cheque to Welcome Place, which is run by the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, the province's largest refugee settlement agency.

"There are a lot of things that need to happen when families come to Canada, come to Winnipeg. Just setting up their new life here … that can be expensive," said Sandi Edie, branch manager at Scotiabank Winnipeg Main.

A young Syrian refugee watches as Welcome Place accepts a cheque for $10,000 from Scotiabank. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

"And as much as there's government assistance, sometimes that's not enough to serve everything that they need."

For many people who come to Winnipeg from around the world, Welcome Place is 'home' temporarily, before they settle into permanent housing arrangements.

In December, Welcome Place started housing Syrian refugees who arrived under the federal government's promise to bring 25,000 to Canada by the end of 2015.

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