February 1, 2019: If your congregation or presbytery is interested in sponsoring refugees in 2019 and hasn’t received an e-mail with information about the process, please write to sponsorship [at] presbyterian [dot] ca for the 2019 case assessment forms. The deadline to submit the relevant forms is February 22.
No one is a refugee by choice. Refugees and internally displaced people are forced to flee their homes out of fear for their lives and liberty. Many live in crowded camps, waiting for peace and an opportunity to return home. Some can return after a few weeks while other spend their entire lives hoping for the chance to rebuild their lives with dignity.
PWS&D helps to supply emergency kits containing critical items such as clothing, cooking pots, blankets, shelter materials and mosquito nets. Emergency food packages contain items such as wheat flour, cooking oil, baby food and fortified biscuits. When a situation stabilizes and refugees are able to return home, PWS&D partners work to rebuild lives by providing housing, education, seeds and tools, and clean water wells.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is an official Sponsorship Agreement Holder with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This enables Presbyterian congregations to sponsor refugees to resettle in Canada. PWS&D advocates for refugees through a number of Canadian refugee advocacy groups, including the Canadian Council for Refugees.
For the most up to date information, please join the PCC Refugee Sponsorship Facebook page.
For more information or if your church is interested in sponsoring a refugee, contact Rob Shropshire by e-mail or phone (416-441-1111 or 800-619-7301 x249).
PCC Sponsorship Information
Responding to Refugees Based on Need
Costs of refugee sponsorship
PCC Sponsorship Agreement with the Government of Canada-2017
Guidelines for the Prioritization of Requests to Sponsor “Named Refugees”
Detailed information about sponsorship can be found in the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program’s Handbook for Sponsoring Groups (see especially chapters 7 and 8).
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