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Sault Ste. Marie & Area is well on its way to helping in the refugee crisis. Below is a list of all organizations (known to LIP currently) that are involved in sponsoring a refugee family. Donation methods are listed where available.
St. Andrew's United
Having been the first known group in Sault Ste. Marie which sought to sponsor a family, St. Andrew's is currently working with a refugee family of six from Burma (Myanmar) who arrived in November 2015.
A New Beginning
An Interdenominational Sponsorship Group
In partnership with many other organizations, Zion Lutheran is hosting the process of sponsoring two refugee families from Syria. Their committee includes church members from St. Matthews Anglican Church, People's Pentecostal Church, Free Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Great Council, Precious Blood Cathedral, Bethany Baptist Church, and St. Luke's Cathedral, along with community members.
A New Beginning is accepting donations through cheques payable to Zion Lutheran's Refugee Fund, as well as online through canadahelps.org. Search ZionLutheranSSM to find their page and make sure to specify that your donations are for the Refugee Fund (a small administration fee will be charged if using canadahelps.org).
Zion Lutheran hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday 9am-1pm and Wednesday 9am-3pm. Donation receipts will be given for everything over $20.00.
Willowgrove United Church
Beginning the sponsorship process in early November, Willowgrove has organized a sponsorship committee involving Willowgrove United, Emmanuel United, St. Joseph Island United, Central United, St. Andrew's United and other community members. They have raised their minimun funds goal and have accepted a family of four from Syria for sponsorship.
They are currently looking for household items including:
• towels (beach & bath)
• garbage pails
• baby items
• clothes hampers
Willowgrove is still in need of donations. Cheques can be made out to Willowgrove Church Gifts and Memorials-Refugee Fund and delivered Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Call for more information: 705-254-5095.