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What is Refugee Sponsorship?
Each year, millions of people around the world are forced to flee their homeland to escape persecution, war or severe human rights abuses. Currently, there are more than 15 million refugees worldwide.
Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are able to provide opportunities for refugees (who qualify) to find protection and build a new life here in Canada.
The C&MA, an officially recognized Sponsorship Agreement Holder with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has the capacity to make a difference in the lives of refugees through the PSR Program. Alliance churches can enter into the private sponsorship of refugees with the full support and guidance of the Justice and Compassion staff at the National Ministry Centre who are Sponsorship Agreement Holder representatives.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35).
Step 1: Ignite a passion for welcoming the stranger and discover what is involved by taking a look at sponsoring a refugee family, sponsorship
Step 2: Once you know what refugee sponsorship entails, and the church leadership has agreed to move forward, explore the resources and information provided on our next steps webpage. Then contact the C&MA's Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) representative to communicate your intention to undertake a sponsorship. Finally, find other church groups in your area who are interested in Refugee Sponsorship and consider working together.
Completing the Forms:
Information about which documents need to be completed can be found on the completing the forms page.
We have established a Refugee Fund to a support local churches who are participating in refugee sponsorship resettlement. This fund is a safety reserve for sponsoring groups to apply for unexpected financial emergencies outside of the resettlement budget.