Chip’s Charities

As a Realtor®, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided, when I started my career, to donate a portion of each sale to a local charity. I recently sold a home on Dunview Avenue in Willowdale. I have made a donation from this sale to the Don Valley Refugee Resettlers (DVRR).

I have been a member of Don Valley Refugee Resettlers since 2015.

I think of home as a refuge, but sadly, for many displaced persons, they haven’t had a real home for 5 years or more. DVRR has helped over 60 people from 15 families in the last 20 years make Toronto their home.

The Don Valley Refugee Resettlers (DVRR) is a group of people who are dedicated to helping refugees who are new to Canada find their way in this new foreign land.

The individuals on the board represent a number of supporting local churches including:

Bayview United
Cummer Avenue United
Forest Grove United
Lansing United
St. George on Yonge Anglican
St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican
Taiwanese United
Willowdale United

Each family sponsored by DVRR gets a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, furniture and household goods, and personal assistance with acclimating to our country and culture. Children are enrolled in school and parents usually in ESL classes. After the year is over, they are expected to be self-sufficient, contributing members of Canadian society.

A refugee who has been able to escape a life-threatening situation, cross borders at great risk, spend months, sometimes years, in a camp and who finally comes to Canada can, understandably, describe their arrival here as a miracle. DVRR has participated in 61 miracles, so far. I am pleased to be able to help to create some more.

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– Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, REDM, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.