MAS evolved from CAR-S (Community Action for Refugees - Sussex). This organization was formed in 2015 to bring Syrian refugees to Sussex. A meeting in the community with over 100 people in attendance proved that Sussex was ready to take on the challenge of bringing newcomers to the area. CAR-S has over 50 volunteers who fundraised to bring two families to the area. CAR-S is now in the process of bringing two more families to Sussex. They work diligently to offer settlement services to these refugees including teaching them English. When the English classes started, other newcomers approached CAR-S for assistance, as they also wanted the opportunity to learn/practice English. It is through meeting these newcomers and hearing about their experiences in coming to this country that the volunteers recognized the huge deficiency in the Sussex Area for welcoming newcomers, providing settlement services and accessing language training. All of these services ease the transition into the New Brunswick way of life and aid in newcomer retention. The idea for MAS was born.