In March, we were contacted by AURA to ask whether, while we continue to wait to be matched with a large refugee family, we would be willing to sponsor a single person already on the list awaiting sponsorship. The MURP group agreed unanimously that we are able to help both the single person and a subsequent family, and so we enthusiastically accepted the matching offer. Since then, we have been continuing our fundraising efforts and waiting for information about either of our sponsorships.
Last week, we received notification that our first refugee, a young man traveling from Jordan, will be arriving on June the 22nd. He was referred by the United Nations Refugee Agency and vetted by Canadian officials in the Middle East. The Federal Government will assist us in supporting him financially for six months of his first year in Canada. We are excited about this news, and we look forward to welcoming him, to getting to know him in the coming weeks and to introducing him to the community.
We anticipate our second sponsorship, of a large family, to occur in the fall or winter. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more.
Thank you so much for your support over the last several months–because of you, we are able to provide this assistance to more than one group.