In 2015, a group of young, enthusiastic, spirited couples in Brampton were deeply concerned about the refugee crisis in the Middle East, and decided that they needed to commit to more than a token response. They (Brampton Helping Hands, or BHH) decided to sponsor a refugee family with preferably 2 or 3 children. They approached Emmanuel United to co-sponsor this family through the United Church of Canada Refugee Program. We met and a commitment was made to proceed. Through the United Church, a list of several refugee families was presented to us, and we have selected a family to sponsor through the refugee process; including helping to arrange for transportation to Canada (through the United Church), welcome and help settle our family here in Brampton. For the latest status on this effort, see the updates listed below.
BHH is committed to covering all the expenses for this family. The link below can be used to make donations to this important mission outreach. Emmanuel United will deposit all money received and issue income tax receipts, as well as participate in the life and future of our new refugee family.
Both Susan Winter and Keith Knill are on the BHH committee if you would like more information about this sponsorship program. Many thanks to Diane Aikman, Jim Carruthers, Jen Millington and Vilia Fera, plus the church council for their support and efforts.
Our best estimate of when the refugee process might conclude and our family will arrive in Canada is later in 2017. For details see the update message below: