We provide great service to the community. Below are a few testimonials (stories) from people who have used RMCS.

 

“Our encounter with RMCS was the most pivotal part of our journey in Canada as from there on the most difficult challenges of settling down, finding resources, and finding jobs was a walk in the park with the best advice we got from the entire team…I must say it has been a very satisfying and fulfilling journey so far. Please accept our story as a word of encouragement to keep doing such excellent work and helping so many newcomers and people that need your services. Thank you once again for keeping your spirits high and lifting ours along the way. We really appreciate it.” – Sheena

 

“Dear RMCS:
2020 is the worst year in the world, and it has finally almost passed. This year, COVID19 made us worried, scared, and sad. In this case, RMCS, you led us here safely and happily. At the beginning of the year, I went to your office and filed a tax declaration with your help. Later, I couldn’t go to the office anymore. You sent Xiaowei to lead us in online activities. She organized different types of groups to teach basic English with enthusiasm and patience, to learn how to make myself safe and healthy from the pandemic, and explain the relevant government policies and legal knowledge of wills.” – One of our Mandarin Seniors Support Group Clients

 

“Thank you. You helped me a lot, you are so kind. Every time I talk to you I feel so warm.” – One of our English Conversation Class Students

 

“Thanks to RMCS, now I am happy, confident, and have so many friends.” – Alice

 

“I am very much thankful for the services provided by RMCS in getting me job-related to my professional career as a therapist. Specially thanks their Labour Market Counsellors for all the guidance, I would remain in touch With RMCS, Thanks.” – Gurvir

 

“I have been offered a full-time position in Financial services representative. I would like to thank you for all your guidance and support during the job search process. The tips really helped to redefine my resume and appear in the interview.” –  Ashish

 

“Coming here to Canada, I did not have any dreams. I was full of frustrations because I had to leave the country that I grew up in. It is the place where my home, my childhood, my family, and my friends are. I thought of not being able to survive here in Canada due to homesickness. I missed my home. I couldn’t do anything because I am 6921 miles away from the Philippines. I struggled with a lot of things as an immigrant. There are two things that I struggled about the most, fitting in and making new friends. I struggled to fit in with the education system here in Canada. I attended a school in the Philippines where everyone was friends with each other and even their teachers; the school was like our second home. It was not anything like that here; I did not have any friends at first and I was not able to build a rapport with any of my teachers. It frustrated me; I started to give up on studying, which was my everything back in the Philippines. Thankfully, I had my family here. They were my strongest support system and the reason why I stood back up and went out of my comfort zone to be able to fit in with society. I befriended a lot of people and made a lot of friendships; it made me realize that all things take time. I found out about RMCS through my friend of 3 years, who was also an immigrant. Volunteering at RMCS gave me a lot of skills that opened new opportunities and challenges for me. It was my first time volunteering here in Canada; I am satisfied that I did it at RMCS. I volunteered at a front desk, where I would answer calls for people with inquiries about RMCS. It was a real challenge for me since I am an introverted person. I took the risk to get out of my comfort zone. I am glad I did because I met different people with different perspectives on life from all across the world. After volunteering at RMCS, I found myself being more confident and comfortable with talking to other people and start a conversation with them. Also when I was volunteering, I had the chance to join a Leadership Training. The leadership training did not only give me an insight into what a leader should be like but it gave me an idea of how real life can be challenging. RMCS did not only give me opportunities to    improve myself but they welcomed me and other volunteers whole-heartedly. ”    – One of our Volunteers

 

“When I came to Richmond and looking for a volunteer opportunity with some valuable references for my future job, I knew it there’s only one place and that is RMCS at Richmond Caring Place. At RMCS, I started volunteering as a front desk receptionist with hands-on training and within 2 months I received a call for my first job. It’s like RMCS classified my resume in the job market! I can’t thank RMCS team members enough for not only my volunteer experience but also for the confidence and job achievement!– Zainab

 

“It is my great pleasure to volunteer with RMCS. You guys are very helpful in every way. I am coming from Surrey, it took me 2 and a half hour, it’s difficult but RMCS is the best place to volunteer. I found another place same as yours to do volunteer but I don’t like it. I m learning a lot from you. Thanks for helping me to build my confidence, my experience, my office experience, for everything. I will continue to do volunteering until I get a job. You are helping me find a suitable job for me. Thanks a lot for your great help. I really appreciate your help. Navneet

 

“My story as a new immigrant is no different than any other immigrant, it came with its own share of uncertainties and struggles and I am still so new that I still am going through the teething troubles. And these might continue, as I am still waiting for my husband to join me. For me, it all started way back in 2015 when a close friend living in Canada told me about the express entry system. Then in 2018, a cousin of mine got her PR through the express entry and this got us thinking. We finally applied for our PRs in early 2019, after a little deliberation and thought. Fortunately, we got our PRs in mid-2019 and that’s when reality struck and we really started thinking again about what we wanted to gain out of this transition and uprooting ourselves from what all our friends and family thought was a very comfortable status in life as Indian citizens. Parting with family was very emotional as both our parents are senior citizens and leaving them by themselves was not an easy choice. But with hope in our eyes, we finally thought of making the final move by end of 2019. We finally landed in Canada in Oct 2019 and went to Penticton. The choice of location was made as I have a very close friend there, the same friend who suggested about Express entry program in the first place. As a new PR, I was welcomed and directed to community services organizations in Penticton and Richmond. That’s how I got in touch with the team at RMCS. I started my job hunt with their help. And I must say that the support I got from Bhavana was exceptional in terms of helping me restructure my resume and assistance in applying to various companies that matched my skill set. She helped me analyze my transferable skills and guided me on how those skills could be used in different industries throughout my job hunt. But my job hunt and the progress on settling in my new home, Canada abruptly came to a halt as I had to go back to India for pressing personal reasons. The plan was to be back in Canada in a couple of months. This was in December 2019. As soon as things got settled back home in India, I and my husband again started the process to return in March 2020 and that’s when Covid-19 struck! We were left with no choice but to wait in the lockdowns imposed by the governments. It was all so unprecedented and uncertain that my husband took up another job in India; as we still did not know when we would have been able to travel back to Canada. For me, the only glimmer of hope was that I was still connected with RMCS and they were offering me various workshops remotely via zoom to keep me involved and learn more about Canadian culture and work ethics. Thanks to RMCS, I was networking with people in different areas of business related to my skill set and I was still remotely volunteering with the other organizations in Penticton. My biggest challenge seeking a job all this while was that I had vast experience in customer service management and training from working in India but no or very little Canadian work experience. I was in a catch 22 situation. If Canadian firms did not employ me, how was I going to get that ‘local experience’. I still kept trying and did not lose heart. My remote volunteering and the regular workshops organized by RMCS over zoom kept me going through the difficult times and I was busy acquiring the knowledge that I would need in the future, sitting in the comfort of now my ‘old home’ in India. Finally, in September 2020 I got a job offer from one of the NGOs, I was working with as a volunteer and I grabbed the opportunity with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. And finally, I flew to Penticton in October 2020. Since my husband was working on a project in India which he did not want to leave midway, we decided that he will be joining me later. So, while I earn my Canadian work experience and finally get to establish a foothold here, my husband is still in India and plans to join me in early 2021. It’s not easy but the way community service organizations like RMCS help you integrate with the community and get you involved is commendable. I am again so thankful to the entire team of RMCS for the wonderful support that I have received. I would always recommend them in a heartbeat to the newcomers coming to Richmond and Vancouver area and can’t thank them enough! I hope to be associated with RMCS forever and will be honoured if I can be of help to other immigrants like me as I have been helped by the team here.” – Sugun