Since 2003, our Meeting has been part of a coalition of churches that support the Ottawa Mennonite Refugee Assistance initiative. OMRA is an arms length agency of Ottawa Mennonite Church which owns four 3-bedroom condominiums in Ottawa. Newly arrived refugee families rent from OMRA at a subsidized rate for up to two years. This is especially helpful for large families who arrive sometimes with five children and very few resources. OMRA funds are raised primarily through the sale of grocery gift cards from Loblaws, Metro and Farm Boy grocery chains. These stores return 5% of all sales of the gift cards to OMRA. Purchasers get full value for the cards in groceries. For more details see the attachment below.