United Welcome-Refugee Sponsorship

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United Welcome is a partnership of Brockville & Area United Churches to welcome and sponsor Syrian refugees.

The Churches are :

  • Athens United Church
  • Christ Church, Lyn
  • Delta United Church
  • Mallorytown Lansdowne Pastoral Charge
  • St. John’s United Church, Brockville
  • Wall Street United Church, Brockville

Co-chairs:  

Secretary:

Contact with United Church of Canada Refugee Sponsorship Program:

Volunteer Coordinator:

Financial Coordinator:

Donation cheques should be made payable to Wall Street United Church indicating United Welcome as the recipient budget line.

Donations – Household Items

  •  Linda James (613-342-7591) and Lynne Galvin (galvin@ripnet.com or 613-348-3526) are retaining a list of items donated, description and contact information.

 Resources:

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/537948216387611/ Facebook - Keep up to date with local efforts
  • refugeesforbrockville.com Brockville Community Website - To welcome 10+ refugee families to our community as quickly as possible by working together.
  •  inmylanguage.com Excellent website introducing people to life in Ontario (getting a driver’s license, having a baby, finding work etc.).  The resources are available in Arabic, a common language for our new refugee families.
  • http://cmascanada.ca/supporting-refugees/ - Highlights the current situation in Syria, and the general cultural traditions of many Syrian refugees.  It is worth a few moments of your time, and will help you learn more about the families who will be arriving here.  It also includes some links to amazing resources such as:100 Common Arabic Words; Resource Guide for Working with Children with Refugee Experience; and Arabic language resources for parents:  ‘Dressing for Winter’, ‘Swimming Safety’ and ‘Hand Washing’ are some examples.
  • http://lifelinesyria.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/LS-Sponsor-Handbook-DRAFT-1.pdf :  Lifeline Syria Sponsorship Handbook – This 90 page resource book prepared by Ryerson University student researchers is a comprehensive go-to from prior to arrival to what happens after celebration
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGe2_GP-1jU&sns=fb     Music video – I’m Gonna Tell God Everything

 Committee Minutes: Links

2016 March 10

2016 February 11

2016 January 14

2015 December 10

2015 November 19

2015 November 5

2015 October 22, initial meeting