NEW INFO! Sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee Family
Check out the latest update on the Alsahar family, the Syrian family in Lebanon being sponsored by the Shalom Group (representing our shul plus ORH and Adath Shalom).
It’s official as of Wednesday morning. After interviews, medical exams and security checks, the Government of Canada informed the Shalom Group today that the Alsahar family has been accepted as permanent residents of Canada.
We also have a date for their arrival in Ottawa. They are scheduled to leave Beirut on Monday June 11 or Tuesday June 12 (we are still waiting for flight details). We know from experience that the family can be bumped up to the last minute, but it seems they will be here to experience the Canadian summer. We couldn’t have wished for better timing – the family will have some time to settle before the two eldest kids (7 and 5) head off to school in September.
Now is the time that our network of volunteers from KBI, Or Haneshama and Adath Shalom will be mobilizing to get things organized for their arrival. As we get to know the family and a bit more about their needs and interests, we’ll touch base periodically with the Tov Team and others in the congregation who would like to get to know/ support the family. The Alsahars will have lots to deal with but their priorities will be housing, English language classes, getting their kids settled and managing their finances.
Through the generosity of several families in the Jewish community, we are probably okay for furniture, but we may need help with things like a used computer, carseats for the kids, and eventually winter clothing for everyone – we’ll put a shout out when we need to.
Congregants who would like to volunteer for a particular team are invited to contact any of the following folks from KBI: Larry Lithwick – email@example.com; Barbara Levine – firstname.lastname@example.org