The Parish’s Refugee Resettlement Committee is pleased to provide the Parish with an update regarding its activities and the status of the three family groups that the Parish is sponsoring.
Refugee Committee Update – Group # 1
Our first group of volunteers (Group #1) will be working with a family of five from Ninevah in Iraq. The husband and wife are both in their mid-thirties. They have two daughters, aged 9 and 6 and one son who is 4. The family currently resides in Beirut.
The husband has a university diploma in physical education and worked as a teacher. He was also part owner and employee of a computer shop and a cafeteria. He does not speak English well. His wife has a diploma in English Literature and has some facility with English.
The mother and father are looking forward to knowing that their family is safe and secure and that their children are able to attend school and live their childhood years peacefully.
Immigration Canada just started processing this family’s application, so they will likely be the third of our families to arrive in Toronto. Group #1 will now begin the process of preparing this family for their interviews and in communicating with them about the process and what they should expect.
As further progress is made, the Committee will reach out to the Parish community to give parishioners an opportunity to contribute further to our families’ successful resettlement. More information will follow as the first family’s arrival date is firmed up.
A heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers who have devoted quite a bit of their time and energy to this project over the past year and a half. The sense of anticipation is building as we communicate with our families, exchange photos with them and encourage them to hang in there as the application process plays itself out. Our families are learning about Toronto via the internet and are trying to improve their English proficiency while living in Beirut.
Refugee Committee Update – Group # 2
Our Group #2 will be supporting a family of four that includes a 33 year old husband, his 26 year old wife and two young girls aged 6 and 4 with a third child expected sometime in this fall.
After having to leave their home in Baghdad due to war, the family were forced to move several times. They arrived in Lebanon in late 2016 and currently live in Beirut.
The father is a jeweler by trade, having worked in his brother’s factory. The mother is a housewife raising their two girls. The mother and father want their children to be able to live in peace and be educated. We have spoken with the family via the internet on several occasions and they are anxious to come to Canada.
This family’s application was first processed by Immigration Canada in late January of this year. The next step in the process is for this family to be interviewed and get their medical exams. This family will likely be the second of our families to arrive in Toronto.
A heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers who have devoted their time and energy to this project over the past year and a half.
Refugee Committee Update – Group # 3
Here’s a brief update regarding the 3rd family that the Parish is sponsoring.
Group #3 has been successful in bringing the three men together for regular meetings and communication. One of the three men has good English language skills. He is proving to be an invaluable help to his future roommates in communicating with the members of Group #3.
The three men have all had their interviews and medical exams. Given the significant progress that has been made in getting their applications processed, Group #3 has signed a lease for an apartment in the area with occupancy slated for July 1, 2017.
The sense of anticipation continues to build as we communicate with our families, exchange photos with them and encourage them to hang in there as the application process plays itself out.
As further progress is made, the Committee will reach out to the Parish community to give parishioners an opportunity to contribute further to our families’ successful resettlement.
Your continued prayers for the 3 families, the volunteers and committee members are greatly appreciated.