A dedicated team oversees our refugee ministry, helping with immigration processes, settlement needs (medical, vision and dental care, education, legal requirements, cultural understanding, language learning, housing, social support, transportation, etc.) This is not an easy or straightforward process. Each sponsorship requires months and sometimes years of volunteer time. Walking with these resilient individuals and families has been a blessing to everyone involved, as they are a blessing to Canada.
** Unfortunately, the great need outpaces our capacity to help. The Diocese of Edmonton receives a certain number of sponsorship spaces from the government of Canada, and these are distributed among local churches. We have filled all of our available spaces and are not able to accommodate any new sponsorship requests.
Past Refugee Sponsorships:
1990 Family of 8 Cambodians. Joint effort of two churches.
1992 Family of 10 El Salvadorians, 3 churches working together.
1999 Family of 6 from Kosovo, coordinated with Mount Olivet and OLPH churches.
2005 2 from Somalia
2014 1 from Somalia
2015 6 from Somalia
2016 Extended family of 14 from Syria, involving several churches and community members
5 Syrians, led by the same consortium of churches and community members
2017 5 Palestinians born in Syria
2019 4 Somalis