Good News From the Renfrew Refugee Welcome Group!

After many months of waiting, the RRWG was notified on January 14, 2019 that the Syrian family we are sponsoring has been granted their permanent resident status by the Canadian government. They have completed all medical and security checks and are awaiting travel arrangements which we were advised would be 4-10 weeks. We began to update volunteer lists and vulnerable sector checks and get ready for the arrival sometime before the end of March. And then suddenly, a week later, we were advised that they would be arriving in Ottawa on February 7! Final preparations to welcome the family are in high gear. We had an excellent community meeting on January 30, with new volunteers including from the Syrian family sponsored by the Renfrew Catholic churches in 2016, and also a wonderful surprise visit by relatives of “our” family who live in Ottawa. We are looking forward to meeting the family, helping them learn English and begin their new life in Canada, finally!