Donations can be made online through the link below
or in person at the Newcomers’ Welcome Centre at 110 Saskatchewan Avenue West.
Please be sure to select "Refugee Project" from the drop-down menu.
October 31, 2016
On November 2, the Portage & Area Refugee Coalition will welcome a family of five from Syria onto Canadian soil and begin the process of helping them settle in to their new home in Portage la Prairie. The family will arrive at Winnipeg International Airport at 10:32 pm where Coalition members will be waiting to greet them.
“It’s been a very long process,” said John Doloff, Coalition spokesperson. “None of us anticipated it would take this much time, and the delays were discouraging, but we never gave up hope that we would soon be able to offer a refugee family a safe home. Wednesday is the day!”
The Coalition learned last January that it had been matched with two families from Syria, and it is still awaiting word on when the second family will arrive. It spent much of the past year fundraising, collecting donations of clothing and household items, arranging housing, and making other preparations to ensure it would be ready when the newcomers arrive.
Doloff acknowledges getting to this stage would not have been possible without the generosity of the community. “I can’t stress enough how thankful we are for the many people who have made contributions,” he said. “Portage la Prairie is full of very caring people and we are confident our new family will soon feel at home here.”
At the same time, Doloff cautioned it will take time for the family to settle in. “We ask for the community’s patience in the coming days and weeks as our family familiarizes themselves with life in Canada. We know there will be an adjustment period and we encourage folks to respect their privacy until they are feeling more settled.”
Financial donations are still needed and can be made online through the link below or in person at the Newcomers’ Welcome Centre at 110 Saskatchewan Avenue West.
Your donation can go a long way to providing a safe residence for a refugee family. Online donations will go through Trinity United Church in Portage. Please be sure to select "Refugee Project" from the drop-down menu.
Donations are now being accepted at the Newcomer’s Welcome Centre
(Portage Learning & Literacy Centre)
110 Saskatchewan Ave. West Portage la Prairie
The Portage la Prairie Mall dropoff location is closed for now.
Thank you for all the donations.
"You have to understand, no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."line from the poem "Home",
by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire,
"To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength courage and victory."Tennessee Office for Refugees
"Little by little, bit by bit, family by family, so much good can be done on so many levels."Elinor Ostrom
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful commited people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."Margaret Mead
"Act without expectation."Lao Tzu
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