We want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to all of the donors and volunteers involved in our 2016 settlement effort. What an amazing accomplishment by community members joining together in common cause, and with such
enthusiasm and commitment! So many gave so much of their time and skill, and because of all of you, our sponsored families and refugees are happy and are successfully integrating into the Ottawa community.
With your help, we have settled twelve refugee families, siblings and individuals in Ottawa since January 2016. Our most recent refugees arrived in November 2016. In total, we have settled 37 individuals, ranging from 75 years to 18 months, in our city. Our refugee families have welcomed two babies since arriving in Canada, both of whom are cherished as the families’ first Canadian citizen!
Through our Family Support Groups, we have supplied volunteers; in-kind donations of living space, clothing, furniture, kitchen supplies and much more; along with friendship, advice and assistance when needed throughout the year. Many volunteers continue to be involved with the refugees well past the 12-month period of support the government requires.
We partnered with First United Church of Ottawa and with Jewish Family Services to administer refugee support payments from the money raised and to be our Sponsorship Agreement Holders for immigration and refugee identification purposes. Without them, we could not have gotten the OCRA idea off the ground.
OCRA raised the money to sponsor our refugees from donations by people like you! A BIG Thank you to you too! The generosity of the Ottawa community was truly awe-inspiring!