Meeting Update

A Syrian family eats together in their home in the Al Waha Commercial Centre, an abandoned shopping centre in Dede Al Koura near the city of Tripoli. The residents live with few possessions in bare, tiled rooms that used to be shops. The centre is currently home to some 90 Syrian families and has been connected to a nearby municipal water tower with an erratic water supply.
A Syrian family eats together in their home in the Al Waha Commercial Centre, an abandoned shopping centre in Dede Al Koura near the city of Tripoli. The residents live with few possessions in bare, tiled rooms that used to be shops.
The centre is currently home to some 90 Syrian families and has been connected to a nearby municipal water tower with an erratic water supply.

Thanks to all who came to the meeting on Tuesday evening. There were lots of new people, which was wonderful to see. It seems that the desire to resettle a family here in Saugeen Shores is catching and many people want to get involved. Our next meeting is Monday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at the United Church in Port Elgin.

The exciting news is that our group has been tentatively matched with a family profile. It’s a very large family, likely blended, of two parents and 11 children. As this point, we don’t have any further information. The family will start its interview process shortly, now that the Canadian government has been notified of our interest, and could possibly be here as soon as December or January.

We (Katherine and Elizabeth) felt that taking on a single larger family would be a better decision that opting for two smaller families. It’s also getting more difficult to find any families under 6 people.

The challenge now is to find a good housing solution for this family, which is much larger than originally anticipated. We need a single-family home, either furnished or unfurnished, at a reasonable and consistent monthly rent that will not fluctuate with the seasons. It must be affordable enough for them to maintain the cost once we’re no longer supporting them with our funds.

Ideally, this home would be located in a central location, close to the downtown core of Port Elgin (where most of the core support group lives), within easy walking distance of both elementary and high schools, as well as grocery stores.

It doesn’t have to be huge. When you consider the conditions in which this family is currently living, nearly any home at this point will feel wonderfully comfortable by comparison. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Email saugeen.refugeefund@gmail.com.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

Kids’ Halloween Party will be held at the Port Elgin United Church on Oct. 31, 10 am – 1 pm. Please email above for tickets. $10/child or $25/three kids

Benefit Concert: “From Classical to Contemporary,” on November 7 at 7 p.m. at the United Church in Port Elgin.

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