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]
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402
 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2T9