Very exciting news! We’ve been successfully matched with a family! The information we have is as follows:
- Dad – Biomedical Engineer
- Mom – BA History
- Three Daughters – 6, 4 and 2 years old
The parents speak Arabic, English and some Russian.
The hunt for clothing for our soon-to-be neighbours has begun. I encourage you to clean out your closets and donate quality clothing, coats, shoes, boots, etc. that are in good repair.
Donations can be dropped at 70 Dorset Street. If we’re out, please leave your donation on our porch with your name and I will confirm that I received it. I will collect and sort items and deliver them once accommodations have been finalized. I’ll share duplicates with nearby neighbourhoods that are also sponsoring Syrian families. More information will follow shortly about housewares, furniture, electronics, etc.
Helping Hands Website
We have created a website to assist us with volunteer coordination (and to attempt to cut down on email). I am still learning how it works myself. Below is a link to the site. Please check it out and join if you are comfortable. This will be what we use to communicate information sessions, coordinate all appointments, driving assistance, visits, etc. after the family arrives.
Sponsorship Training Session
We will conduct a training session designed to create awareness and confidence for volunteers in their interactions with the newcomers. Members of the Working Group along with anyone who is planning on interacting directly with the family after they arrive (driving, city orientation, personal assistance, etc) are encouraged to attend.
This 1 1/2 hour session will be conducted by Teresa Edge and held on Friday, February 5 at 1:15pm – Emmanuel United Church, Blue Room.
Teresa’s (partial) bio:
- Volunteered with 3 government sponsored refugee families in New Zealand
- worked at Romero House for a year (transition house for refugee claimants in TO)
- lived in Rwanda for 2 years
- current UW Masters student