As of today, we have received $87,000 to help us sponsor a Syrian family!!
Thanks to generous donations from people inside and outside our First Unitarian Congregation, we are now considering sponsoring two families. With the help of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC), the Syrian Refugee Sub-Group is in the process of choosing these families from the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program. Once we complete that process and know who the families will be and when they might arrive, we can move forward with other important work such as finding and furnishing their accommodations, setting up family support teams, and generally planning for their arrival and settlement in our community.
We have also been approached by other groups who are interested in sponsoring a Syrian family. Some of these folks have decided to combine their efforts with ours and have joined our group - we are very pleased to welcome them on board!
We are still gratefully accepting donations, including post-dated cheques. If you wish to donate, please make your cheque payable to the First Unitarian Congregation with “refugee fund” in the memo line and send to the First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 4A1. Tax receipts will be issued.
If you would like to help by volunteering - or if you would like more information about our work - please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drawing courtesy of Brian Chapman