Housing sought for impending arrival of refugees

The 13 Syrian refugees being sponsored by the Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee are one step closer to arriving in our city and as their arrival gets closer, the need to find housing for them becomes stronger.

The latest update on the Syrian refugees is that all 13 family members are safe and sound in Beirut, Lebanon, according to a press release from the committee.

They are waiting there to receive their medical examinations and to have their paperwork approved for their trip to Campbell River.

“The paperwork was a long process, which was initiated in Campbell River and required much communication and mail transfers back and forth across the ocean,” committee member Jim Creighton said in the release. “From here, it was reviewed by the Anglican church offices in Victoria, the sponsoring agency, and from there, it went to the Canadian federal bureau in Winnipeg.

During all of this time, our families are waiting hopefully and looking forward to the time when they can resume their livelihood in our country.”

With the refugees expected to arrive within one month, the most urgent need right now is for rental housing for two families and their pet dogs.

Anyone who has an apartment or house for rent that accepts pets is asked to contact the Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee through its Facebook page or by calling Jim Creighton at 250-923-1065.

The Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee is an informal group of local citizens who want to help bring families here to a better home and who don’t subscribe to any political ideology.

“They are members of all walks of life, both old and young, who believe that it’s our moral obligation to respond to a world crisis,” said Creighton. “We thank the people of Campbell River. They have been exceptionally helpful with donations of money, furniture, clothing, housewares and the promise of acceptance in our community.

“Campbell River is a perfect size to allow the families to blend with our Canadian customs and become responsible citizens.”

Next fundraiser

 

The Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee’s next fundraiser towards its goal of raising $150,000 to house, feed and settle the families in Campbell River is a Sadie Hawkins Dance with the Impalas Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Campbell River Community Centre.

Hillbilly costumes are optional, but there will be prizes. As well, there will be a cash bar, free appetizers and a silent auction.

If you have any Canadian Tire money, you are asked to bring it with you to help the committee buy some kitchen cookware for the Syrian families.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at the Mirror office, Baba Gannouj, On Line Gourmet, Works d’Art and Inspirations on Quadra.

The 13 Syrian refugees being sponsored by the Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee are one step closer to arriving in our city and as their arrival gets closer, the need to find housing for them becomes stronger.

The latest update on the Syrian refugees is that all 13 family members are safe and sound in Beirut, Lebanon, according to a press release from the committee.

They are waiting there to receive their medical examinations and to have their paperwork approved for their trip to Campbell River.

“The paperwork was a long process, which was initiated in Campbell River and required much communication and mail transfers back and forth across the ocean,” committee member Jim Creighton said in the release. “From here, it was reviewed by the Anglican church offices in Victoria, the sponsoring agency, and from there, it went to the Canadian federal bureau in Winnipeg. During all of this time, our families are waiting hopefully and looking forward to the time when they can resume their livelihood in our country.”

With the refugees expected to arrive within one month, the most urgent need right now is for rental housing for two families and their pet dogs.

Anyone who has an apartment or house for rent that accepts pets is asked to contact the Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee through its Facebook page or by calling Jim Creighton at 250-923-1065.

The Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee is an informal group of local citizens who want to help bring families here to a better home and who don’t subscribe to any political ideology.

“They are members of all walks of life, both old and young, who believe that it’s our moral obligation to respond to a world crisis,” said Creighton. “We thank the people of Campbell River. They have been exceptionally helpful with donations of money, furniture, clothing, housewares and the promise of acceptance in our community.

“Campbell River is a perfect size to allow the families to blend with our Canadian customs and become responsible citizens.”

The Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee’s next fundraiser towards its goal of raising $150,000 to house, feed and settle the families in Campbell River is a Sadie Hawkins Dance with the Impalas Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Campbell River Community Centre.

Hillbilly costumes are optional, but there will be prizes. As well, there will be a cash bar, free appetizers and a silent auction. If you have any Canadian Tire money, you are asked to please bring it with you to help the committee buy some kitchen cookware for the Syrian families.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at the Mirror office, Baba Gannouj, On Line Gourmet, Works d’Art and Inspirations on Quadra.

 

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