We have formed Team Sooke/Juan de Fuca under the auspices of St Rose of Lima (Catholic) Parish as a Refugee Sponsorship Committee, but involving all Sooke parishes and the wider community. Under the Private Sponsorship program (Different from the Government Sponsorship Program), we are aiming to raise the necessary funds to bring a refugee family to Sooke/Juan de Fuca and support that family for a period of one year. Our legal commitment will be expressed through becoming a “Constituent Group” (CG) under the Aegis of the Anglican Diocese of BC who is a “Sponsorship Agreement holder” (SAH) with Immigration Canada.
Supporting a family means physical support such as: housing, food, clothing and transportation; medical and dental support; cultural support: language training, schools, counselling, banking, shopping….the list goes on.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]As to fundraising: we need a minimum of $35,000.00 in the bank in order to qualify as a CG of the SAH. We have estimated an operating budget of $40,000.00 to support a family of 4 for one year. We have identified a contingency of $10,000.00 as we know not the extent of our challenges. Our fundraising goal is therefore $50,000.00
Money donated will get a tax receipt. There can be no refunds. However, all funds raised will go to refugee sponsorship even if our particular group fails to qualify. Contingency not used will also go to the next refugee family whether in our group or another.
Currently we have three donation means:
- Cash: Name and address required to get a tax receipt
- Cheque: Made to St Rose of Lima Parish, write “Refugee sponsorship” in the memo line
Mail to: St Rose of Lima Catholic Church. 2191 Townsend Rd. Sooke, BC V9Z 0H4.
- Online: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/13048 NOTE: PLEASE WRITE “Refugee Sponsorship” in the message box. You will get an instant tax receipt.
Note: Annotating donations with “Refugee Sponsorship” is very important to keep funds in the correct fund.
If you wish to help please contact the undersigned. Or just donate, and help towards our $50K goal.
Sid Jorna, Chair-Team Sooke/Juan de Fuca
Refugee Sponsorship Committee