Partnering with AURA
The committee will be working with AURA (Anglican United Refugee Association). AURA has been in existence for over 35 years working to assist with sponsorships and resettlement of refugees. They represent the Anglican Church and are a Sponsorship Holder with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. As such, they will be able to guide and direct us through this procedure. We hope to have Mr. Ian McBride, Executive Director of AURA working directly with us, and possibly arrange for him to speak with the whole congregation to share the steps involved in sponsoring and resettling a refugee family.
Sharing Jesus' Love
Through your generous donation, St Matthew’s will sponsor a family and specifically:
- welcome them from a war torn area or refugee camp in 2016,
- provide money to pay for housing and food for a 1 year period,
- provide clothing, bedding, furniture and all necessary household items,
- introduce them to the school system and English lessons,
- assist with job hunting.
We know that our Lord asks us to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and be a voice for the downtrodden. We want to welcome this family into our hearts and our community. “Whatever you do for the needy, you do for me.”
The headlines regarding the refugee crisis have been heartbreaking: families living in fear for their lives; boat journeys ending in tragedy; months and even years, of lives on hold in refugee camps.
At St. Matthew’s, we want to do our part. M25:40 Sponsorship Initiative will raise funds to bring a refugee family into our community in Etobicoke.
For more information
Contact Sandra Watt, Marguerite Locke or Shantelle Hampton through the church office.
To financially support the sponsorship initiative, click on the donation button below.
You will be taken to St. Matthew's private PayPal donation page for this initiative.
For more information about online donations, visit the ONLINE GIVING page in the
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