​​​News from the Interchurch Refugee Group (IRG)


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AFTER A JOURNEY SPANNING 32 HOURS FROM JAKARTA VIA DUBAI AND TORONTO, OUR NEW FAMILY ARRIVED TO A JOYOUS WELCOME FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AND IRG MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE FAMILY HAS MOVED INTO THEIR NEW HOME IN THE OGILVIE ROAD AREA. SINCERE  APPRECIATION TO ROTHWELLERS WHO HELPED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS TO MAKE THIS SPONSORSHIP HAPPEN.

















Our last family is doing very well 

A Note of Gratitude – February 28, 2017 the Interchurch Refugee Group completed the 1-year sponsorship of a Syrian family of 6. Our congregation played an integral role in supporting this family, and Abdulrahman, the father of the family, asked for the opportunity to express his appreciation. Here are his words of thanks:  
“After leaving my country of origin and settling in another country for three years, I was very worried about my children’s future. I finally felt that the doors of hope started to open for me and my family when Canadians sponsored us. In Ottawa, we started a brand new life with brand new hopes when we met our group members for the first time. They helped us from the first step. They helped us settle and bring back smiles to our children, gave us strength and helped us plan our children’s future. It’s very hard to find words to express our appreciation. My family and I would like to thank the group members and volunteers from the bottom of our hearts for their precious help. Thank you very much.”​


Update October 30th, 2017

Everyone is doing well and the family is now self-sufficient. Nermen's sister, brother-in-law and children moved into a townhouse nearby—they are very thankful to have family nearby. The children are approximately the same age and enjoy playing together. Thank you for all your support.