What is Refugee Sponsorship?
Refugee sponsorship, at its best, is a relational investment in which sponsors work together to help displaced persons resettle into a local Canadian community. The result of assisting one family can have an impact for years to come, not only on those who have been sponsored, but also the whole community and future generations.
Each year, millions of people around the world are forced to flee their homeland to escape persecution, war or severe human rights abuses. UNHCR reports1 that there are more than 22 million refugees worldwide.
The CMA, as an officially recognized Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), has the capacity to make a difference in the lives of refugees through the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR), Blended Visa office Referred (BVOR), and Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) programs.
Alliance churches (and partner churches) can enter into a refugee sponsorship undertaking with the full support and guidance of the Justice and Compassion staff.
“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”
How to get involved
Pre-submission >> First Steps
We begin by directing sponsoring groups to information and resources during their discernment process as they contemplate how best to welcome newcomers to Canada.
Pre-submission >> Next Steps
Explore resources, links and application forms, then contact the CMA's Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) representative to indicate your interest to begin the sponsorship process.
Post-submission >> Waiting Period
Remain in regular contact with the refugee(s) through social media and video calls; send welcome letters to introduce the sponsorsing group and provide information about the settlement location. Assist refugee(s) in preparing for their interview, and take necessary setttlement team training.
Post-arrival >> Settlement Steps
Welcome the arrival of refugee(s) and work the settlement plan as you assist the newcomers in reaching self-sufficiency, building connections and integration within their new community.
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.
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