February 1, 2016
To: All Residents and Groups on Route 333
The Route 333 Refugee Sponsorship Association was formed in January to bring a refugee family from war-torn Syria to the Clayton Park area, and welcome them into our larger community.
Like Canadians across the country, the Route 333 Refugee Sponsorship Association was organized after concerned community members gathered to figure out how they could personally respond to the humanitarian crisis taking place in Syria.
The sponsorship will be a lot of work, but the rewards are immense. By uniting our dispersed Prospect Road community around a central goal, and working together we can give a family, whose life has been shattered by war and terror, a chance at starting a new life in this beautiful and safe part of the world that we call home.
But in order to make that happen, we need to raise a lot of money! It will take about $30,000 to cover the living expenses for the family of four during their first year in Canada - that includes housing, food and clothing.
As a registered non-profit association, we are working in partnership with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches to apply to sponsor our refugee family through the federal government’s refugee sponsorship program.
Our hope is that each community group, school, church and business in the Prospect Road area will unite around this cause. If we do, we think we can achieve amazing things. We hope to raise the money as quickly as possible so we can bring the family to Nova Scotia before this summer.
At the Prospect Road Community Centre, we have created a “giving clothesline” to encourage everyone to give what they can. You can select the amount you wish to contribute by taking a donation card off the clothesline. (We’re hoping for an empty clothesline!)
Contributions to the sponsorship can be made online through our GoFundMe site (https://www.gofundme.com/Rt333RefugeeAssoc), or by cheque made out to the New Life Community Church in trust to the Route 333 Refugee Sponsorship Association, sent c/o Doug Pass, 1600 Prospect Bay Road, N.S., B3T 2B2. Tax receipts will be issued for individual donations over $25. Please include your name and address if you would like a receipt.
Thank you, from all of us at the Route 333 Refugee Sponsorship Association. Together we can make a world of difference for one family.
Allison Lawlor, chair of the Route 333 Refugee Sponsorship Association.
(902) 852-2927, email@example.com.