Help us support a Syrian family into a new home in our community
URGENT: Need for Housing
The family we have sponsored is in need of a new house, as their tenancy is ending on April 1st. We are looking for a 3 bedroom suite, townhouse, house, or duplex in Victoria proper, preferably near to Quadra Village, Fernwood, or North Park. Remaining in the supportive community they have formed in their current neighborhood and the children remaining in their current schools is very important to the family. Since rent is so high in Victoria we are looking for donation of a place or subsidized housing priced up to $1000. If you have a lead or house for rent please Contact Us.
We are a citizen-led sponsorship initiative dedicated to helping a Syrian refugee family resettle in our community of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Early in 2016, we met a Syrian family at the airport at the end of their long journey from the deserts of the Middle East. We took them to their new home here in Victoria and for the last year we have been available to them as they created new lives in Canada. Our first task in supporting the family was to raise sufficient funds to support them for a year. This included housing, food, transportation and the many expenses we often take for granted. Many people helped us reach our financial goal of $42,000 through a cash donation. We also had a variety of fundraising events, including theatre productions staged entirely with volunteers and silent auctions with items donated by local businesses and people. We also had many people contribute donated clothing, furniture, household goods, and many other items that the family needed to settle in.
In addition, our new family needed many on-going services, support and materials through out the first year of sponsorship. Many volunteers provided their time to help the family adjust to their new home. We had a dedicated team of volunteer interpreters, who were instrumental in supporting communication for all members of the family and our sponsorship group.
While the official sponsorship year has now come to end, we continue to support the family. For an update on the first year of this family's new life in Canada see our Blog. There are many ways to still may ways you can help! For ideas of how you can continue to support both this family and other Syrians arriving in Canada, see our Get Involved page to make a difference!
We are happy to report that we raised $1,400 with the production of the play Bent, in co-operation with Creative Mage and Blue Bridge's Roxy Theatre, along with a silent auction. The theatre and everyone working on the show generously donated their efforts for this event. A warm thanks to them all! And thanks to the generosity of local merchants who contributed to the silent auction.