About Us

Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Committee  

C.A.R.E. was formed in 1979 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to assist with the settlement of Indochinese refugees fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War. A year later, C.A.R.E. became a registered non-profit society. In 1982 it received status as a charitable organization. Since our founding, our mission has been to assist in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in the community.

C.A.R.E. was such a great help to me during my first years in Canada.”

We provide settlement support to newcomers in Central Alberta, in close partnership with the Immigration and Settlement Service of Catholic Social Services | click for website

Our Guiding Principles

VALUES that guide C.A.R.E.’s work 

Respect: We believe respect is a behaviour that guides every decision, interaction, and communication. At C.A.R.E. we live respect through kindness, consideration, equity, acceptance, dignity, respect for individuals and roles, confidentiality, and forgiveness.

Inclusion: We believe diversity and inclusion strengthens community. At C.A.R.E. we live inclusion through the efforts of all to ensure everyone can participate, be heard, and be included.

Transparency: We believe that transparency builds trust-based relationships. At C.A.R.E. we live transparency through accountability, honesty, openness, being honourable, vulnerability, and trustworthiness.

Collaboration: We believe we move farther when we go together. At C.A.R.E. we live collaboration as more than working together; it is an ongoing process of learning, dealing with conflict in a good way, celebrating and valuing the contributions of others.

Encouragement: We believe encouragement fosters the ownership of one’s own journey. At C.A.R.E. we live encouragement by appreciating each other and offering positive, constructive feedback that motivates, empowers and values.

Innovation: We believe innovation drives our ability to respond to emerging needs. At C.A.R.E. we live innovation through anticipating changing needs, being creative and open to new ideas, and striving for continuous improvement.