Refugee Sponsorship Information

We at MacNeill Baptist Church (MBC) are endeavouring to sponsor a refugee family of up to 5 members from the middle east.  We are joining forces with Burlington Baptist Church (BBC) and welcome any donations from friends and our wider community.  The BBC/MBC joint ad hoc committee for refugee sponsorship has been meeting weekly to work on all the details for the application and whole process of sponsorship.  Your donation dollars are needed now in order for us to complete the application so any help with this would be appreciated.  Please check the blogs on this page for updates.

Al Atmeh Family Update

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

  One year ago, on July 19, 2016, the Al Atmeh family arrived in Canada as “refugees” from Syria, sponsored by McNeill Baptist Church and Burlington Baptist Church.  This is a report on the progress made by the family as “newcomers” to a new country, language, and culture. Near the end of July Ahmad and Randa attended an application appointment at Ontario Works.  They received their first O.W. benefits in August, and continue to receive Provincial Child Care benefits.   The combined benefits are comparable to the funds they were receiving...

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Update on our Newcomer Family

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

It is time for an update for our Newcomer family.  As of July 19, they have been in Canada for one year. . In early July Gary and Al met with Ahmad and Randa to explain the change from being fully sponsored by us.  Our sponsorship obligations end as of July 31.  They will then begin receiving Ontario Works Benefits as well as federal and provincial Child Care Benefits.  Al has applied on their behalf for Ontario Works, and we can expect that this week they will have an appointment with a Case Manager.  Their income will be close to what they...

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Meet and Greet the Al Atmeh family.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Community news, Photo Album, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Meet and Greet the Al Atmeh family.

We  held a triple birthday party for Ahmad, Saleh and Ibrahim at the meet and greet pot luck dinner to introduce our newcomer family, the Al Atmeh’s.  We had LOTS of  great  food, birthday cake and ice cream, and loads of fun in the gym for the kids (and young at heart).  A good time was had by all....

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Meet our newcomer family!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

On Saturday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. everyone at MacNeill  will get the opportunity to meet the Al Atmeh family at a pot-luck supper here at the church.  Everyone is invited and we hope that everyone will plan to come.  Ahmad, Saleh and Ibrahim all have birthdays in January, so we plan to make it a shared birthday celebration.  There will be further details in future bulletins about menu suggestions, but in the meantime please save the date. From your Newcomer Sponsorship Committee.

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Update: Our Newcomer Family

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Update: Our Newcomer Family Itʼs time to fill you in on how things are going with Ahmad, Randa, Saleh, Ibrahim and Sham Alatmeh. They seem to be settling well into their new life. They have made lots of Syrian friends in their building. Ahmad has attended an ʻOrientation to Canadian Cultureʼ session and Randa will soon do so. Saleh and Ibrahim are attending Cootes Paradise School in Grade 1 & Senior Kindergarten respectively. They tell us they like school. Ahmad attends English classes every weekday and some evenings too. His English is...

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Our Refugee Family Update

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Notes from the Refugee Sponsorship Committee: After many months of planning and preparation ‘our’ Syrian family arrived at Pearson Airport on July 19 and, immediately, they were no longer ‘refugees’ but ‘newcomers’! They are the Al Atmeh family – Ahmad & Randa are the parents of two sons – Saleh, age 6, Ibrahim age 5 and daughter Sham, age 20 months. The process through the airport was smooth, if long, and they were soon whisked to Hamilton and settled into their home at the Beverly Hills apartment building in Westdale. Of course...

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Our Refugee Family is Here!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

July 19, 2016 Well after many months of planning and preparation ‘our’ Syrian family arrived today …. now, no longer ‘refugees’ but ‘newcomers’!  They travelled by Egypt Air from Amman, Jordan to Cairo, then caught a flight to Toronto.  This was a 20 hours journey in all.  The plane was on time!  The family were greeted inside the terminal by an Arabic-speaking volunteer with Malton Neighbourhood Services, who guided them through the whole landing process, including Immigration & Customs and the provision of their SIN &...

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Our family is coming!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Late Breaking News! Update from the Refugee Sponsorship Committee This Wednesday we got word that The Al Atmeh family will arrive in Canada on July 19th, leaving Jordan on July 18th!  On Thursday we contacted Ahmad by phone (our fourth phone call over the last couple of weeks).   He had already received this news from the embassy in Amman.    All our conversations have been facilitated by Louise’s neighbour, Warda, who is an excellent translator.   This way we have been able to connect with the family, to provide information about who we are...

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New refugee family

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Late-breaking update On May 12 the Sponsorship Committee forwarded a new set of application papers for a ʻnewʼ refugee family. Also a family of five with small children. Then on May 16 we heard from the CBOQ that this application had been duly passed on to the Canadian Immigration office in Winnipeg. The family name is Al Atmeh. They are from Daraa in Syria, but currently in a refugee camp in Jerash, Jordan. Ahmad (husband) is 33 years old; Randa his wife is 25 years old. The eldest child, a boy, is Saleh aged 6. His brother Ibrahim is 5...

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