As a result of my last blog entry, friends have responded with information about a local organization that is working to help Syrian refugees come to Canada – Kingston area in particular.
The group recommended by two of my friends is the Four Rivers Presbytery at Seeley’s Bay.
Lori Rand reports:
A small group of us here in Kingston are mobilizing. We are partnering with a local organization that has brought one family to Kingston in July, and are in the process of getting ready to receive another family at the end of September. They are currently in a bunker in Lebanon. Learn more about who they are and their story here.
This incredible work has been done by Dawn Clarke, a Minster at the Perth Road United Church, and a team from the Four Rivers Presbytery in Seeley’s Bay, and the Kingston Islamic Society. They still need $25,000 to make this happen – to sustain the financial one-year commitment to the current family, and have the funds for the second family. The hard work of receiving approval from Citizenship and Immigration Canada is already done, but missing link is the financial resources.
Here’s where you can donate. This money goes directly to getting this family to Kingston and supporting the family that just arrived. If you are more comfortable writing a cheque, information can be found here in the left hand column.
Rick Cairns adds this information:
John, I can assure you that aside from the cost of printing some pamphlets and setting up a website, this group is putting every single dollar raised toward sponsoring and settling these families.
An overpaid CEO, you ask? In fact, Save A Family From Syria is a 100% volunteer group.
As far as having “a concrete plan in place to actually bring a refugee family or families to Canada”, you’ll be pleased to know that one family is here, with children starting school next week, and another family (with 4 children) will be arriving in the last week of September.
It is the intention of this group to continue to sponsor more families in the future.
I have reviewed all this and made a donation to this group. I will await other responses to see if there are more local groups doing something similar. I encourage you to look into this one, however, and open your hearts and your wallet to help them achieve their goals. It’s the Canadian way, is it not?
Once again – Here’s a quick link where you can donate right now using a credit card to a local group actively sponsoring Syrian refugee families to come to Kingston area. Tax receipts are issued for donations to this cause.
As the crisis in Syria enters its fourth year, the Aljalim family needs your help.