Victoria Refugee Initiative Update

November 17, 2015

The collective efforts and collaboration of Oak Bay United Church, St. Aidan’s United Church, the Masjid al-Iman Mosque and members of the broader Victoria community have resulted in successful steps in preparation for sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.

To date, $65,000 has been raised. We continue to receive and welcome funds as we hope to bring several families here to Victoria. Settlement costs and full support for one year for a family of 4 to 6 are estimated to be between $50-$60,000 (figures from the Community Social Planning Council of Victoria).

We are waiting for the Canadian government and our Sponsorship Agreement Holder (the United Church Of Canada) to link a family to our group. We are in frequent communication and will advise all our supporters, donors and friends when this occurs!

Organization and mobilization of volunteers in our city to help newly arriving refugees is underway.

Thank you for your generosity, your interest and ongoing support.

– The Steering Committee, Victoria Refugee Initiative