Past President Mark Pinnell introduced Bonnie Spence-Vinge and Gerry Warner Co-Chairs of the Cranbrook Hub for Refugees (CHR). In order to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, the group needs to raise $15,000.00.They have raised $6,000.00 so far.
The group is working with UNHCR (UN High Commission on Refugees) and Immigration Canada. Locally the Anglican, United and Catholic churches are considering sponsoring Syrian refugee families. Bonnie advises that the group is not solely focused on Syrian refugees. Sponsored refugees can be from any country in the world.
The next meeting of CHR is on January 6, 2016. Anyone is welcome to attend. The group should have the initial $15,000.00, if fundraising continues as it has, by the spring. Anyone wanting to donate now can write a cheque to Christ Church Anglican indicating it goes to the CHR account and drop it off at the church office at 46 - 13th Ave S., near downtown. The office is open from 9AM until noon Monday to Friday except Wednesday.
Sponsoring a family is a one year financial commitment.