Connecting Families, Discovering Opportunities
LinkYid offers new families the opportunity to meet established families, who have similar interests. They are willing to share information and support families who need connections to get established in Vancouver.
LinkYid's Family Networking Program
For Newcomers to Vancouver
Our community is here to share information and support families who need connections to get established in Vancouver. Be it finding a family doctor, a dentist, childcare assistance, finding a good school, and recommendations for the best bagels and Kosher food options in town- our hosts are here to help!
For Host Families
If you are well-established in Vancouver, it’s easy to take for granted the support systems you have in place. In our city today, we have Jewish families who have come from all over the world and are starting from scratch.
To feel grounded in a new city, one needs connections and supports they can rely on. Moving to Vancouver can make a family feel isolated and even intimidated by the closeness of the pre-existing Jewish community.
Help you can expect when you join LinkYid
Advice and guideance during your transition
Answers to questions about Vancouver
New friendships and social exchange
Mentorship and meaningful support
Integration into the community
Help with networking for employment
Ways you can help when you host a newcomer family
Host shabbat dinners and holiday meals
Invite a new family to social events
Answer questions about Vancouver
Offer information about schools and daycares
Orientation to city and restaurants
Process, Events and Steps to Success
1. Apply to the Program
The first stage of this program is an online application in which we gather some to the essential facts that will help us pair participants with the right host family, mentor, and other key individuals in the network
2. Matching Families
Matching of the host family and newcomers by Link-Yid staff.
3. Connect with your Host Family
Meet informally, get to know each other, tell your stories so that your host can best help connect you to the resources in our professional advancement and in our social network.
4. Social Outings
Host families invite newcomers to a planned social outing, such as a family BBQ, sporting event, or outdoor activity.
5. Networking & Business Events
Join us for events, like a network breakfast, a Sukkah party which will feature lectures by business innovators and opportunities to meet hosts, newcomers and the broader Link-Yid community
6. Follow Up
Ongoing follow-up by office staff to ensure both host- families and newcomers are supported in their partnerships.