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

We were deeply concerned about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and decided to take action by raising funds to sponsor a family to come to our community. Our efforts were successful and within three months, we welcomed the 14-member Al Ibrahim family from Syria.

In October 2017, another refugee family arrived, this time from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. We had raised enough money to sponsor a second time round, which was an incredibly privileged situation in which to be.

The sponsorship 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 or visit our Facebook page.


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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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