The Saugeen Shores Refugee Fund was launched in September 2015 by a group of residents of Port Elgin and Southampton, ON.

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and have decided to take action by raising funds to sponsor a family to come to our community. Once we have raised the money, we could have a family here within 1 to 6 months.

The process is being facilitated by Mennonite Central Committee, a non-governmental organization with a long and well-respected history of refugee resettlement in North America.

If you have any questions or wish to get involved, please contact us at saugeen.refugeefund@gmail.com.

UPDATE: The 14-member Alibrahim family arrived January 30, 2016 and has been integrating well into life in Saugeen Shores. The SSRF group intends to continue sponsoring refugee families to this area for as long as we have funds to do so. A timeline for the arrival of a second family, however, is not yet known. As of Dec 2016, we are still waiting for matching to recommence between sponsor groups and UN status refugees. Updates will be available on this website as we learn more.


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  1. I have some furnishings that might help, all in good/excellent, used, clean condition: dresser; night table; single mattress; double mattress; bedsheets, duvets, pillows for double and single beds; lots of face cloths, hand towels, bath towels, kitchen towels. I even have some artwork for the walls and some lighting. I would need a hand (e.g., truck and other strong person) to get it Port Elgin, but I’m happy to load it up and donate it now or in the new year. I see there is now a house! Please let me know if these items are desired and how/when we can get them into the new house. Excellent work on this important project! I’m so proud of the community support!


  2. Hello, My friend and I are retired ESL teachers living in Southampton and would like to help out with language training. I have visited Port Elgin Saugeen Central School and volunteered to help when the children arrive. They were not sure of any details, but Kevin Wilson, the VP, took my number for future reference.
    Just wanted to let you know we’re here and hope to be able to help out.
    Suzanne Selby


  3. Hi, Katherine. A United Church in Massey brought over Iranian refugees last year and it went very well. Now another community group in Elliot Lake is asking for our ideas to bring in a Syrian family or families there. Would you be willing to communicate directly with them?


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