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Burlington Downtown Refugee Alliance prepares for arrival of family of six

Volunteers paint home for refugees.
Volunteers paint home for refugees.

The Burlington Downtown Refugee Alliance, a partnership of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Knox Presbyterian Church, Cedar Springs Community, TannerRitchie Publishing, City Hall, and the community, was notified in January that it has been approved to sponsor a Syrian family of six, currently living in a refugee camp in Jordan.

The family consists of a mother, father, two teenage daughters, ages 16 and 14, and two sons, ages nine and two. No date for their arrival has been provided although it is anticipated they will be here by the end of this month.

Temporary housing has been secured at a city-owned home in the Orchard area, and the home has been painted and furnished with donations.

Many people have asked about donating clothing. If you have clothing items you would like to contribute, please drop them off at the following locations:

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church,
662 Guelph Line, Burlington
Tel. 905.634.1809
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Compassion Society

484 Plains Rd E, Burlington

Tel. 905-592-3722

Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Both organizations are operating free clothing stores for refugees.

To donate or get involved in this initiative, contact: bdra.ca

It is expected that Halton will welcome 50 Syrian refugee families by the end of April, according to information from the Halton Multicultural Council. HMC is a community-based settlement agency that provides a variety of programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities. Headquartered on Speers Road in Oakville, it also has offices in north Oakville, Burlington and Milton.

HMC is connecting Syrian refugees with community groups like the Dar Foundation, an Islamic non-profit organization that services the Muslim and Arabic communities.

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