Our transition team of volunteers proactively continue their efforts of assisting Family "G" with their settlement in Canada.
Google translator is our friend; as are the many volunteer translators who have been a huge part of this month's experience.
A blender was donated to the family. We are most grateful for all of the donations and we extend to you a personal thank you.
Our volunteers on the ground are sharing with us that the family needs a meat grinder, an essential part of their daily living, and also monetary donations for the purchasing of their transportation (which is mainly by bus). Donations through CanadaHelps is preferred over donating actual bus passes because of the upcoming rate changes and the wide range in age of the family members makes it more difficult for the family at this time. Please make your financial gift by clicking: CanadaHelps or clicking the link on the donation page.
With every good wish, Happy Advent Co-Chairs, M. Michelle Gallant Mary J. Shariff
News from the Chairs
November 30, 2019 Dear Friends, Much good news to report.
The family arrived this past Tuesday night safe and sound and were whisked off to their new Canadian home. After a day of rest, the family has been busy completing paperwork for various registrations (including provincial health card) and becoming acquainted with Winnipeg through a wee bit of shopping. 🙂
There are still a few items (including all sorts of practical day to day things) that remain to be acquired. The technology has been sorted out since last we met (thank you C!), but we are still in need of winter clothing items and a kitchen blender (used is perfectly okay as long as it works!). If you have any baking items (pans, tins, cookie sheets etc etc), these would also be very welcome.
If you might be a position to provide any of these or other items, please do check the Sign Up Website (see below or simply click here: signup).
Wishing you a Happy December! Mary J. Shariff, Co-Chair
PS For regular updates, and opportunities to participate, don’t forget to check out “Latest News” or get in touch by sending us a message here.
NEWS FROM THE CHAIR November 26, 2019
Dear Friend, As you know, we are thrilled to be able to welcome the Syrian family we have sponsored to Winnipeg tomorrow. They are scheduled to land at 11:30 at night.
Due to your extraordinary efforts - including the astonishing amount of people who made time yesterday to help set up the house - a meal and home awaits the newcomers. Many residual items remain to be acquired. If you might be a position to provide any of these, please do check the Sign up website (see below or go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aa8ab23abf49-spcrefugee )
One specific item for which some additional assistance is being sought is for the task of purchasing some technology for the family. We do not know yet what might be suitable. This is also something that will likely be discussed with one of their relatives who is here to help with the transition. If you are interested in this task and/or being on our "tech team" - please contact Mary at email@example.com
Very sincerely, Michelle Gallant, Co-chair SPC Refugee Initiative
November 15, 2019
After many delays and an almost 4 year wait, our privately sponsored Syrian Refugee family are due to arrive in Winnipeg Tuesday, November 26th, 2019. The “G” family is a household of seven: two adults and five children. Two of the children are now at age of majority.
We express our gratitude and appreciation for your and our community’s commitment and contributions. To date we have raised over $39,073.05 in funding support for sponsoring families. These gifts are pooled with additional contributions from our partners at Holy Rosary Parish, St. Paul’s High School, and St. Ignatius Parish.
You may recall that the first sponsored family was not able to journey to Canada as we had anticipated. The second family, the “A” family was government sponsored and arrived in October of 2016. They are now settled into their new life.
The “G” family who are now on their way to Canada, are privately sponsored, meaning access to government funds is limited. If you wish to assist with the settlement of our refugee families from Syria through financial support, please make your contribution to St. Paul’s College on-line through “CanadaHelps” (click here and choose "Syrian Refugee Fund" from the drop down list) or for personalized service please call 204-474- 9148.
With every good wish,
M Michelle Gallant Co-Chair, SPC Refugee Initiative