Who are you sponsoring? Our committee hopes to reunite a family in our parish with 3 relatives from DR Congo presently living in a Ugandan refugee camp where daily living is still very unsafe.
What can I do to help? Right now all we can do is WAIT! The process may take 2 years to complete. We are often only given 1 week's notice prior to their arrival.
If they don't arrive for 2-3 years, why did we collect now? Immigration Canada will only process the applications once the money is in the bank.
Do you need household goods? We do not need house wares because the 3 people will live with a family.
How can I volunteer my time? We will need volunteers once the refugees arrive. Our group provides orientation, transportation, health care, education, language, housing, food, clothing, community and emotional support.
When will the people arrive? The immigration paperwork was submitted spring of 2019, it takes 2-3 years for them to arrive in Winnipeg if approved.
How do you choose refugees? This year we chose to assist relatives of a family at our parish this time. In the past, we welcome whomever Canadian Immigration sends giving no preference to religion, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation etc.
What is your success rate? Since 2007 we have a high success of refugees being independent and employed. We have sponsored people from Bhutan/Nepal and Cote d’Ivoire. Some children from years ago are now attending university! Other adults 'pay it forwards' by helping new arrivals creating a cycle of help.
How do you know the amount of money to raise? We set goals according to Canada Immigration sponsorship chart. This is equal to social assistance for 1 year plus start-up costs.
What is your mission? Our goal is to create independent contributing members of society. Helping people get started keeps them healthy, employed, educated. This contributes to the well-being of our society.
Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus and the Youth Choir for contributing a portion of their fundraisers!
Donations not needed at this time
For future projects, if you wish to donate, Special donation envelopes (printed green) are available in the Atrium and can be deposited in the collection basket during mass. (cheques can be made payable toMary Mother of the Church, donations are tax deductible)
Thank you for your support!