There would be no Lifeline Sudbury without the participation of an expanding number of sponsoring groups located across the Sudbury Region.
Each one is composed of a dedicated, hard-working team of volunteers who have risen to the occasion and offered a welcoming home to families fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. It is fair to say these individuals represent the best of the Sudbury spirit!
Lifeline Sudbury currently includes representatives from individual groups at various stages in the sponsorship process.
The Capreol-Valley Refugee Sponsorship GROUP
Faye Moffatt – Chair
The Capreol-Valley Refugee Sponsorship team has been working since October 2015 to bring a Syrian family of nine people to Canada from Lebanon. The Alzahran family, whose children range from 3 to 18 years, arrived in January 2016 and are living in Capreol. The leadership team is from Val Therese, Hanmer, and Capreol. Faith groups, community organizations, businesses, and individuals from all over Greater Sudbury have offered generous support. It is our privilege to accompany this family on their new life in Canada; we admire their courage in coming here and their efforts to learn English and become part of the community. And they have offered much hospitality to us! Over the next year, we will investigate the possibility of sponsoring a second family if our volunteer base is sufficient.
Sudbury Welcomes Second Family of Syrian Refugees
We are thankful to organizations and individual who offer all types of support.
Make cheque payable to Trinity United Church, with "Refugee Sponsorship" in subject line. Receipts will be provided for donations of $20 or more.
Trinity United Church, 72 Young St. Capreol ON P0M 1H0
Donations online are possible through Canada Helps
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ARK SUDBURY – Sudbury Church of the Ascension
Jane Cox – Chair
While watching the march of refugees across Europe, many of us at the Church of the Ascension in Sudbury felt compelled to help. A steering committee was formed to lead this good work. Our goal is to provide support to a refugee family of five from Syria to settle successfully in Sudbury, becoming self sufficient, financially stable and socially supported.
A network of caring individuals will be needed to work with the new family to help them to develop the skills necessary to live successfully and independently in our community; language, transportation, shopping, budgets and banking, school registration, healthcare, social activities, and employment.
For more information, to send a donation, or let us know of your interest in being involved, contact us:
Donations: The Church of the Ascension - Refugee Fund,
1476 Sparks St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3A 2E1
Sudbury Project Hope
Jim Gordon – Chair
"This is a moment to reaffirm our fundamental values as Canadians.To test the depth of our commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance. To show our willingness and ability to help children, women and men – whole families in desperate need. This is a defining moment for Canada, a defining moment for all of us."
– Governor General David Johnston, opening remarks in Ottawa at the Forum of Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Canada. (Dec. 1st 2015)
Sudbury Project Hope is committed to providing support for refugees to resettle in the City of Greater Sudbury and to help integrate them into Canadian Society.
Sudbury Project Hope/ Projet Espoir Sudbury
2015 Long Lake Road
PO Box 40027
Sudbury ON P3E 4M0
St. Andrew’s United
Joanne Ross – Chair
St. Andrew’s made a commitment to sponsor Syrian refugees in September of 2015, and welcomed the Qarquoz family on New Year’s Eve. This wonderful family of 5 were joined several weeks later by grandfather Qarqouz. A large group of volunteers has ensured that the children are enrolled and supported in school, mom and dad are learning English as rapidly as possible, and the family has been exposed to a variety of cultural and athletic opportunities in our city. Mr. Qarqouz began working at Golden Grain Bakery within several weeks of his arrival, and Sudbury is now fortunate to have Syrian specialties added to the wonderful offerings of our favourite bakery. We are so grateful for the donations of money, goods and time, but mostly for the very warm and sincere welcome this family has received from so many Sudburians.
Anyone wishing to support this family can send a cheque to St. Andrew's United Church, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury P3E 4T5
St. Peter's United Church
Kevin Reed – Chair
In September 2015, a committee was formed of members of St. Peter’s concerned with the ever growing refugee crisis in Syria and surrounding countries. We started by exploring the possibility of our congregation sponsoring a Syrian refugee family. Once we determined that it could be done, we divided up the tasks and began working on making it a reality. Along with our congregation, we have the support of many members of the Islamic community and several community groups and schools.
On December 7, 2016, a group from the St. Peter’s refugee sponsorship committee, our church community, along with representatives of other refugee families and support groups welcomed the Alyousef family of 8 upon their arrival to the Sudbury airport. An account of the welcome can be found at http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/12/07/new-syrian-family-arrives .
For this next year we will direct our energy towards supporting, guiding and educating the Alyousef’s as they learn to live within our Canadian society and the Sudbury environment. The focus is hospitality, as we share in a friendly and welcoming manner.
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Church of the Epiphany
Robin Bolton – Contact
Our downtown church is not a sponsoring group for refugees but plays a supportive role to St. Andrew's United Church and to the ARK group at Church of the Ascension in their sponsorship programs. Our church houses the LINC program (Language Instruction for New Canadians) and is working cooperatively with Roger Pile of St. Andrew's in the ESL program to advocate for more resources for the ESL program.
Kim McNab – Chair
Northern Hope began as a unified vision of the evangelical churches of Sudbury to help our fellow man in light of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. We are a group of volunteers who are committed to relocating a Syrian family in crisis, to begin a new life in Sudbury, ON.
How to keep in touch with us:
Islamic Association of Sudbury & Sudbury Mosque
Shah Nawaz – Chair
Islamic Association of Sudbury, working closely with St. Andrews United Church and with the support of member of local synagogue, is sponsoring some of these children so that they can settle in our city and lead their lives in peace and harmony.
Please contribute to our efforts by donating to the SUDBURY REFUGEE RELIEF FUND, an account at Scotia Bank in New Sudbury. There will be NO overhead or administrative costs. Every cent deposited in this account will be used for the sole purpose of supporting the sponsored refugee families.
Tax deductible receipts will be issued by Islamic Association of Sudbury, a registered charity.
Checks are payable to:
SUDBURY REFUGEE RELIEF FUND or to
ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION OF SUDBURY.
If you want to donate a rental home or apartment, please call 705 525-7729.
You may also contribute (in good shape) furniture, appliances, utensils, clothes, canned food etc.