North Delta churches are coordinating to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees.
“We haven’t raised any money so far,” said Crossroad’s Rev. Cari Copeman-Haynes Tuesday. “This is brand new thing that we’re just throwing open.”
Two other churches, North Delta Evangelical Free Church and St. Cuthbert Anglican Church, are also in the process of joining the coalition and have some members on the newly formed North Delta Refugee Project.
“Our goal is to assist at least one displaced Syrian family,” says Copeman-Haynes, who adds that the project is a private sponsorship not directly involved with the federal government’s original plan of bringing 25,000 refugees into Canada.
Once a minimum of $28,000 is raised, a party can apply to sponsor a refugee family – in this case, through the sponsorship agreement holder, the United Church of Canada, which has contacts with federal agencies.
Copeman-Haynes said the North Delta Refugee Project has conferred with community groups such as Progressive Intercultural Community Services and Deltassist, as well as the B.C. Muslim Association, to help in “understanding our neighbours a little more.”
The first offerings will be collected at a church service this Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Donations from the public can be dropped off Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or mailed to Crossroads United Church, 7655 120 St., V4C 6P6. Cheques should have “North Delta Refugee Project” on the memo line. All donations will be charitably receipted.
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