We are thrilled to announce that we have been matched with two families from Syria.
We look forward to welcoming the families to our communities and showing them warm Manitoba hospitality.
Portage & Area Refugee Coalition is thrilled to announce that we have been matched with two families from Syria. The Coalition is sponsoring the families through the Canadian Government blended program, in which the government and the Coalition share sponsorship costs.
The two couples have three children each, ranging in ages from 4 to 15 years old. Males ages 41, 39, 15, 12, 10, & 4; females ages 35, 33, & 11 The families come from Syria and are currently in a refugee camp in Lebanon, where they have been for some time. The families have been carefully screened by the Canadian government including security and health screening. The dates of their arrivals are unknown at this time. Upon arrival in Canada, the families will become Permanent Residents of Canada.
We look forward to welcoming the families to our community and showing them warm Manitoba hospitality. We will be looking to people of the area to assist with all the needs that newcomers have - orientation to their community and province and culture, language practice, transportation, donations and most importantly love and friendship. Please contact us through this webpage or through any of the churches listed below, or through Settlement Services. More information on these needs will follow in the next few weeks and months.
Portage and Area Refugee Coalition is comprised of individual community members, and various community groups, including Trinity United Church, St. Mary's Anglican Church, Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, MacGregor United Church, Baker Hutterian Brethren and others. Other groups, such as MCC, have offered various forms of support, as well.
The next meeting is March 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the parlour of Trinity United Church and everyone is welcome. Enter through the lime green door on the south side.
Due to the hugely successful community response, the decision has been made to close the drop-off area, as volunteers are now transitioning into sorting and moving the donated items into the homes.
Your donation can go a long way to providing a safe residence for a refugee family. Online donations will go through Trinity United Church in Portage. Please be sure to select "Refugee Project" from the drop-down menu.
Donations are now being accepted at the Newcomer’s Welcome Centre
(Portage Learning & Literacy Centre)
110 Saskatchewan Ave. West Portage la Prairie
The Portage la Prairie Mall dropoff location is closed for now.
Thank you for all the donations.
"You have to understand, no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."line from the poem "Home",
by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire,
"To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength courage and victory."Tennessee Office for Refugees
"Little by little, bit by bit, family by family, so much good can be done on so many levels."Elinor Ostrom
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful commited people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."Margaret Mead
"Act without expectation."Lao Tzu
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