Refugee Project

It all started in October of 2015 when a member of our Leadership Team asked “What can we do about the refugee crisis in Syria and Europe?”  Her question inspired us to invite other local churches and community members to join us for a meeting to see what we might do together.  At that meeting we quickly discovered that others were also interested in responding to this crisis.  In fact, St. Mary’s la Prairie Anglican church had already started the process to sponsor a family through the Anglican Diocese of Rupertsland.

In cooperation with St. Mary’s Anglican, MacGregor United, Baker Hutterian Brethren, Good Shepherd Roman Catholic and with support from McKenzie United, First Presbyterian, Knox United (Oakville) as well as many individuals in the broader community, we formed the Portage and Area Coalition for Refugees in the Fall of 2016.  The Coalition quickly raised sufficient core funding through the generous response of our churches and community to allow us to apply to sponsor two families through the Diocese of Rupertsland in cooperation with the government through the Blended Visa Office Referred Program.

In January we were matched with two families of 5 from Syria awaiting the final clearances to come to Canada.   In preparation for their arrival, we found housing and outfitted two homes.  Unfortunately, the waiting ended up being much longer than anyone could have imagined and one of our families changed in the middle of things and we decided to let go of one home when the delays stretched into months. However, on November 2, we were delighted to go to the airport to welcome our first family to Canada.  On December 7, our second family arrived in the midst of a prairie blizzard and were greeted at the airport by friends from Winnipeg because the highway was closed and made comfortable at a local hotel before we were able to bring them to their new home on December 8.  We are delighted to welcome these families to their new home. We believe that this is a great community from which to start a new phase of life.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported this project with financial resources, driving, language practice, orientation to the community, and so much more.  When we come together as a community we can make an amazing difference in the lives of others.  Thank you!

 

Vision Sunday

Worship with our guest, Lesley Harrison, and join us for lunch and workshop after worship ending at 2:30 p.m.  Let’s imagine our future together!

 

Women’s Breakfast

Join us on Saturday, November 25 in the meeting room at Tornado’s Restaurant at 7:30 a.m. for fellowship and food.

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