St. Patrick’s Parish Refugee Sponsorship Update
Feb 21, 2016
We are happy to announce the Kaspar family’s two eldest children have arrived. The children had several delays and stop overs and had been in flight for over 20 hours but were extremely excited to finally arrive at their new home. While the family was not able to travel together, the parents and the youngest child will be arriving at YVR this Sunday afternoon. They too are expressing their excitement to come to their new home and wish to express their deepest gratitude towards the parish community.
Thank you. If you wish to donate to help the refugee family, please contact the parish office. For inquiries, please email Gloria Isaac-Tam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 31, 2016
Our first Syrian refugee family, the Kaspars, is originally from Aleppo, Syria. They are now in Lebanon and have cleared their medical exam on Wed, Jan. 20. They have been told to await their interview and expect to travel in 2 weeks.
It has been difficult to find suitable housing for them within budget, but we have located one that is close to bus routes. This family of five speak English well. The parents are engineers. The 2 older children were in university studying Economics and Engineering before war broke out. The youngest is still in high school. They all look forward to resuming their studies here. If you wish to donate to help the refugee family, please contact the parish office. For inquiries, please email Gloria Isaac-Tam at email@example.com.
Jan 27, 2016
Maple Ridge parish rallies to aid of Syrian refugees – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times
A family moves from Syria, thanks to a local church. – Members of the St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Maple Ridge will be welcoming a refugee family that is moving from Syria in mid-February… Click on Source to read more.
St. Patrick’s Parish identifies 2 refugees families to sponsor
With the help from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, we have now identified 2 refugee families to sponsor. One is a family of 5 (2 daughters & 1 son). The other a family of 7 (3 daughters & 2 sons). They are originally from Baghdad and Nineveh respectively. Both are Catholic families who had fled to Turkey from Iraq due to the persecution of Christians.
Asylum seekers in Turkey have to meet stringent documentation requirement before they can apply to resettle in another country. For many, the requirements are difficult to meet when they have to flee with only the clothes on their backs. It is therefore of great joy to learn their Turkish documents have been approved a few weeks ago. 2015 is the first year private sponsors can sponsor refugees in Turkey to come to Canada. To learn more, please visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website at http:// www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?q=094&t=11.
If you would like to help refugees, please consider supporting the following Catholic organizations with active programs:
- Development and Peace supports Caritas partners providing humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees. To donate, visit:http://www.devp.org/en/donate, call toll-free: 1-888-234-8533, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.E-Mail: email@example.com | Web: www.devp.org
- Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada supplies food, shelter, water, medical supplies and other essentials to impoverished families in the Middle East. To donate, visit: www.cnewa.ca, call toll-free: 1-866-322-4441, or mail your cheque, marked “Refugee Crisis” to CNEWA Canada, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9.
- Aid to the Church in Need Canada helps with basic needs and pastoral care in refugee camps, displaced persons camps and various dioceses. To donate, visit: www.acn-aed-ca.org or call: 1-800-585-6333.
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