Grace - St Philip's Family Sponsorship
Grace Anglican Church
19 Parkway Avenue
St Philip's on the Hill Anglican Church
9400 Kennedy Road
Long Term Goal
Grace St Philip's Family Sponsorship is a joint collaboration between the Anglican parishes of Grace Church Markham and St. Philip's on the Hill in Unionville. Together, they hope to sponsor one or two refugee families. They are also open to working with other community groups.
Who they are
They are a Constituent Group under the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA). They have completed police checks for the steering committee members and most committee members have finished the necessary AURA training.
Status of Refugee Family
They have nearly completed all of the AURA requirements and hope to be approved shortly. They are looking forward to welcoming a refugee family as soon as possible.
Achievements to Date
They have received over $40,000 in pledges. They have 40 volunteers offering a variety of support. A steering committee representing both parishes has been established. Support committees are in place covering all anticipated areas of need. Potential housing options (permanent and temporary) have been identified. They created a virtual store for managing large furniture donations.
They ran an excellent Information Session in January which included a session on Cultural Sensitivities. You can read about it here.