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Welcome to the Ottawa Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

We welcome visitors of all ages. See our address, Sunday schedule and contact information on the "Find Us" page, and explore our website to find information about our children's program, potlucks, attenders' meetings, retreats and other community events.  Si vous voulez des informations en francais, nous demander, s’il vous plait!

Syrian Refuge Update

The OMM Refugee Committee is getting making progress towards its goal of bringing a Syrian refugee family to Ottawa:

The committee is currently preparing an application for a family of 6 (parents and 4 children between 2 and 13) with relatives in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.  The forms will be taken this week to lawyers for review before submitting them to our Sponsorship Agreement Holder, the First Unitarian Congretation of Ottawa.  The settlement plan is almost complete, and work continues on a one-year budget.  The local relatives continue to be very helpful. There is still a need for more volunteers--you can contact webminder.ottawafriends@gmail.com to get connected.

OMM has raised about $30,000 out of the $46,000 required to sponsor a family of 6.    We will be very appreciative of additional contributions (small or large) and in-kind pledges--all needed before the sponsorship papers can be submitted.  Information about monetary donations can be found here and in an article below about e-mailing contributions.  We're also seeking contributions of new or gently used beds, dressers and linens--e-mail the webminder address given above if you would like more information on this.

 

In addition to the project to privately sponsor a family, some members of the committee are looking into the possibility of providing practical support to a Goverment Assisted Refugee (GAR) family through the Catholic Centre for Immigration (CCI).  There will be an information evening on Feb 9th at the CCI office (5th floor, 219 Argyle St) from 6:00-7:30.  More information is available on their website.

 

Finally, a number of Friends remind us of the needs of displaced people in Syria and the area.  An earlier post provided information on how to support organizations working in the area.

E-mail us your money!

Fistful of moneyWe recently explored whether we could accept Interac e-mail money transfers to facilitate donations to either our general or our refugee funds.  We can do this, however it is not an automated process so it's best to check first with the treasurer to make sure she's in-town and ready to accept it.  (E-mail address is treasurer.ottawafriends with a gmail.com extension.)  We believe the steps are:

OMM Refugee Working Group

The OMM Refugee Working Group has been meeting regularly since late  September.  Our earliest discernment was that we would like to follow two strands of support for refugees.   There was a strong  feeling that the work on the ground in refugee camps is as vital as the initiatives to bring refugees to Canada.  We are clear that not all those in the camps will be able to be sponsored and indeed many are just hoping to get back home again to live in peace.  There are many NGOs and others working to provide shelter and food for those trying to survive in desperate situations as well as school for the children.   We have listed 6, below, that are well-established and doing excellent work among the refugees.

OMM, at its meeting for business in October agreed to support both these initiatives, realizing that we are still at an information gathering stage about responsibilities and process for sponsorship of a family.  OMM also agreed to open a Refugee Fund to accept directed donations to be used when plans solidify.  

We have heard from a family based in Ottawa Gatineau with family members currently in Istanbul that they are hoping to bring here.   We have also met with a member of the Ottawa Rainbow coalition who have a good deal of experience in sponsoring and resettlement of refugees to learn from their experiences.

Much more remains to be done as we learn the many facets of sponsorship responsibilities. 

We suggest donations to one of the following organizations:


Oxfam Canada
39 McArthur Ave.
Ottawa ON K1L 8L7
613 237 5236
 
MCC Canada
134 Plaza Drive
Winnipeg MB R3T 5K9
204 261 6381
 
Red Cross Canada
170 Metcalfe St.
Ottawa ON K2P 2P2
613 740 1900
 
Human Concerns International
877 Shefford Rd.
Ottawa ON K1J 8HG
613 742 5948
 
Canada Foodgrains Bank
400-292 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6
204 944 1993
 
MedicMSF CANADA+1 800 982 7903 [Toll free]
MSF CANADA
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402
 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2T9

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