Stouffville is very close to welcoming its refugee family.
Stouffville Cares, a volunteer community-based organization, expects to have its family in the community by late February.
It could take as long as March but they could also arrive any day.
We must be ready.
We know who our family is: they are six, including mom, dad and four school-aged children. They are from Daraa in southwestern Syria, just north of the border with Jordan.
Cares’ forms have all been signed and submitted to head office of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, our sponsoring organization. They were to officially submit them to the federal government by Feb. 1.
We wait and prepare.
Typically, groups are given only 24 to 48 hours notice prior to the arrival of their family.
Since Cares was launched in September, much has been accomplished. Since then:
- The group has expanded greatly. Committees have been formed to tackle specific tasks, including settlement, events, fundraising, administration, housing and furnishings.
- We have had more than 35 people at our montly general meetings, people from a wide range of backgrounds.
As of Jan. 31, we have received more than $65,000 in donations. We have received other commitments – including a pledge from the 100 Women Who Care organization.
- Our initial financial goal of $30,000 was accomplished in a short period of time. We expect our family to arrive in Stouffville in late February. We will give consideration to sponsoring a second family – once the first family is settled.
Thank you to more of our donors!
We thank the following for their donations to Stouffville Cares of furniture or household items:
Doug & Sharon Alles
Stuart & Betty Young
Bruce & Joan Bostock
Sandy Schell Kennedy & Richard Kennedy
Rodney & Marg King
Joan & John Brown
Bonnie & Ed Saunders
Tom & Sharon Dinsmore