UXBRIDGE: Thanks to the continued support from the people of Uxbridge, at least 1 out of 4 Syrian families could arrive in town by the end of the month. There are 3 different groups currently sponsoring refugees in Uxbridge. These groups are: The Ripple Effect group, Oakridge Outreach, and volunteers from Trinity United Church. All groups work separately, but do support each other when necessary.
The Ripple Effect group is a group of concerned volunteers who are sponsoring two families under the federal government’s Blended Visa Office Referred program and assisted by a support group called Lifeline Syria. They have been working around the clock since September to sponsor a refugee family. The first family is slated to arrive within a week or two. Phil Smith of The Ripple Effect is ecstatic with the support from the community and says things are going as planned. “We have an apartment that is 95% complete and have just about everything we need for the family”, said Phil. The Ripple Effect group split up into two separate groups, each half sponsoring one family. Phil said the family his half is sponsoring consists of two parents and four kids (3 boys, 1 girl).
Phil would like to thank the people of Uxbridge and beyond for their amazing support. “The response from the community has been amazing. Hundreds of people came out to our fundraising dance last Saturday. Thank you for your support and encouragement.”
The second family sponsored by The Ripple Effect may take up until the Summer to arrive.
Trinity United Church recently announced that they will be sponsoring a family of four. “... a father age 30 an accountant, mother, age 25, a Doctor, one child, age one and a grandmother, age 66. We have not been advised when they will be arriving in Uxbridge”, said Bob Kirvan of Trinity United Church.
If you would like to help support the families resettling in Uxbridge, you can go to Trinity United Church’s website at www.trinityuxbridge.com/refugee.html and click on the ‘Donate’ button. The support groups are also looking for any Arab speaking members of the community that may be able to assist with communication with the families. Please go to the Township of Uxbridge’s website at: http://town.uxbridge.on.ca/helping_those-in-need_syrian-refugees to find contact information for each support group.