Collingwood is now home to five Syrian families
Welcome to the Collingwood Syrian Family Sponsorship Fund
The Collingwood Syrian Family Sponsorship Committee is now moving ahead with our application to welcome an additional Syrian family to our community. Please see our Donations section to learn more about how your tax-deductible donation can assist us to meet our fundraising target of $22,000. We are also seeking affordable rental housing and will be in need of volunteers to assist with preparation and settling in. Although concern for Syrian refugee families is no longer on the front pages of our newspaper, the war continues and the need for safe resettlement remains urgent. The Town of Collingwood is already offering a peaceful home community for five Syrian families. Please help us to increase that number to six.
The most recent Syrian family arrived in Collingwood from Lebanon in September 2017. They have joined four other Syrian families re-located here since 2016. Syrian newcomers to Collingwood support each other and are prepared to assist in welcoming a new family. The initial outpouring of support from the broader community for the refugee families was astounding and, equally importantly, has remained strong. With that support, all of the families have been able to locate housing, schools,\ and employment opportunities. The Committee's obligation to provide financial assistance draws to a close at the end of one year after the family arrives. Government financial aid expired after just six months.
• Assist in covering international travel costs to Collingwood
• Subsidize appropriate housing in Collingwood
• Provide food for the families during their initial settling-in period
• Transportation as required
• Counselling as needed
• English as a Second Language classes and tutoring as needed
• Assistance with pre-school or daycare as needed
• Assistance with public schools as needed
Our Syrian Sponsorship Committee has access to many resources that have helped reduce some of the above costs. Until a third family arrives, we do not need further donations of household furnishings or clothing. Please check our website regularly for updates for requests for needed goods and services.