All Saints’ Whitby has formed a refugee sponsorship team with four other parishes in the Region (St. Paul’s on the Hill, Pickering; St. George’s, Pickering Village; St. Thomas, Brooklin; and St. George’s Memorial, Oshawa). Together we are ROAD (that is, Refugee Outreach by Anglicans of Durham) and we are about to welcome and resettle a family from Aleppo, Syria into south Durham.
The sponsored family is presently living in Ankara, Turkey and, God willing, may arrive by June 2017. The family consists of parents Mohammad and Ahlam, four children aged 7-17, and their grandmother. The family is Muslim and speaks Arabic.
All Saints’ has made a generous financial commitment to the project, but our work has just begun. Together with our partner parishes, we are called upon to provide material and emotional support for the period of one year from the time the family arrives in Canada. Our responsibility is to help the family acclimatize to life in Canada and to ensure they learn English. Our goal is to give them the tools they need to integrate successfully and become self-supporting.
We’ll post again as more details of the sponsored family become available. As we await their arrival, pray for them and all displaced families awaiting a chance at a new life.