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Since 1980 and the inception of the Central Alberta Refugee Effort, much has changed with who comes to Canada from other countries and why they are coming. Founded by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to assist with the settlement of Indochinese refugees fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the focus of the society in 1980 was to help Refugees arriving in Central Alberta.

In the last 30 years, who we serve and why we help has become so much more than an effort to serve only Refugees. A large part of the community of Newcomers are also Immigrants that are moving to Canada by choice. Immigrants coming to Central Alberta often need different resources than Refugees and our services have evolved to meet that need. The only part of the Central Alberta Refugee Effort that has not evolved is the name. 

This year, coming into our 4th decade serving and supporting Newcomers, we wanted to transition to properly represent all that we serve and how the community recognizes our work.

Our New BRAND

C.A.R.E. to CARE

Over the years the Central Alberta Refugee Effort has been referred to, in short as C.A.R.E. When looking to re-brand we needed to make sure that what we do and how we care for others remained a significant part of who we are. 

The transition made sense. We CARE for Newcomers, all Newcomers. Refugees, Immigrants, and the sectors and communities that we engage to welcome them to Canada and Central Alberta. 

As of April 1, 2022, we are proud to now be known as Care for Newcomers.

"An effort to help landed Refugees is the foundation of who we are but, we are so much more."