SCUGOG: Thanks to the generosity of the community, Port Perry could soon be welcoming two more refugee families from Syria.
The Knights of Columbus (KoC) of Immaculate Conception Parish are raising money, as part of “Project Hope.”
Project Hope is an emergency refugee resettlement campaign, launched by the Archdiocese of Toronto, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq. The campaign has a goal of resettling 100 families and raising $3 million.
The Archdiocese of Toronto reached out to all 225 churches within the diocese, looking for sponsor groups, and the Knights of Columbus answered there call to action.
“Family is so important that we as a council are spearheading an initiative to bring a family to Port Perry from Syria,” said the KoC in a statement on their website.
John Peco from the KoC #8591, updated The Standard on where they currently are in the resettlement process. Just this past week, the support group was matched with two families. The first family is a mother, father, and two children. The second family is also a family of four, and the mother is the sister of the mother in the first family. The ages of the children in the first family are four and seven. The second family has two girls, ages 10 and 16.
To date, the Parish has raised $25,000. They are hoping to raise a total of $60,000; $30,000 for each family, and are confident they will reach their goal.
The group is currently facing two major challenges. The first major challenge is securing housing for both families. They are actively searching for two apartments in Port Perry, but did say a single unit will work if necessary.
The second major challenge is employment. The KoC are looking for any entry level positions, to establish the families upon resettlement. The group is interested in talking to anyone that can help them with those obstacles.
In addition to housing and employment, the KoC are also looking for several support volunteers. This includes anyone that can help the families with transportation, learning English, or any other social assistance.
Aside from cash donations, the support group is also looking for donations of household items, furniture, appliances, clothing, and toys for the children. Physical donations can be made at Immaculate Conception Church, at 1710 Scugog St., in Port Perry.
“We are blessed in Port Perry, to have so much generosity and support from the community,” said John Peco.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact John Peco by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. They were founded in 1882 in Connecticut by Father Michael J. McGivney. They were named after the mariner Christopher Columbus.