SCUGOG: The Port Perry Refugee Support Group updated followers, through their Facebook group on Tuesday May 3, regarding the status of the support group and the potential resettlement of additional families.
According to a post made by Brett Stiller of the Steering Committee, the group has raised over $115,000, greatly surpassing their original goal of $50,000. “Back in November, we thought that would be a stretch. How wrong we were.”
The support group went on to thank the community for their continued support. “Thank you for your steadfast interest and generous participation in the Port Perry Refugee Support Group and the work we have been doing together,” said Stiller.
Due to the overwhelming backing of the community, the support group has funding to relocate another three families to Port Perry. With the help of the Christie Centre in Toronto and the Immigration and Welcome Centre assisting in the resettlement of the families, the group made a special request, in hopes the new refugees are related to the family that is already living in Port Perry. The group says this is to increase the chance for successful integration into society. “We trust that having such an extended family support for those three families will mean an even greater chance of a strong and successful Canadian life,” said Stiller.
The group is currently waiting for two of the three families to be deemed travel ready while they prepare for their arrival. The group is working on securing bridge housing and permanent housing, but are reluctant to commit to any housing until they have a scheduled arrival date. They also do not know when any of the families will arrive, but continue to work with the resettled family to slowly prepare for the arrival of the remaining three.
The family already living in Port Perry continues to adjust to their new life in Canada, but are doing well. The children are going to school and their parents are learning English.
To follow the journey of the four families, please join the ‘Port Perry Refugee Support Group’ on Facebook or stay turned to The Standard for more updates.