Update — January 2016

(Bracebridge) January 26, 2016 — Greetings, everyone. Here’s what you’ll find in this update on what’s happening at Syrian Refuge Bracebridge.
Indiegogo Tax Receipts
Sponsorship Agreement Holder Change
Committee Time!
Cross-Cultural Workshop Invite

Fundraising — We have reached our goal!

We are thrilled to let you know that donors have contributed more than $38,600 to Syrian Refuge Bracebridge! That well exceeds the minimum of $27,000 for a family of four. We have therefore decided to sponsor a family of up to seven members. Which is a good thing, since the average Syrian family size is seven.

Thank you so much, to those of you who donated. If you made your donation via Indiegogo, you would have recently received an email from Indiegogo indicating that the online campaign is now closed and that the Indiegogo fund raised $4,255, or 42% of its goal of $10,000. Please note that this goal is only for the online (Indiegogo) portion of the campaign.

Indiegogo Tax Receipts

If you donated via Indiegogo, please note that we require your Snail Mail address to issue you a tax receipt. Please email it to United Church of Bracebridge administrator Barb Mason (buc@bellnet.ca). Because your donation was held in trust by Indiegogo until after the new year, your tax receipt will be issued in early 2017 and will be applied to the 2016 tax year. This is our first time using Indiegogo and we did not realize this would be the case. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Change in Sponsorhip Agreement Holder

Any group that applies to sponsor a refugee family must do so through an organization that has a Sponsorship Agreement Holder designation. The SAH helps get the paperwork right and makes the process as smooth as possible. The original Sponsorship Agreement Holder that we were going to use, AURA  (Anglican United Refugee Alliance), has a long backlog due to the number of groups looking for their assistance. We have therefore decided to use the United Church of Canada, which also has an SAH designation, instead. Our application has now gone in and we are awaiting feedback.

Committee Time!

The money is raised and the application is in. Things may start to happen very quickly now, so it is time to organize our committees and finalize our settlement plan. We are dividing the work into four committee headings:
• Paperwork
• Finances & Fundraising
• Community Relations & Communication
• Settlement

For those of you who have not already done so, please email us to let us know if you’d like to join one of these committees and if you do have a specific hope, goal or expectation about your contribution, let us know what it is. Do not hesitate to contact Nancy Knox at nancybuc@bellnet.ca if you have questions or wish to discuss. Next step will be to distribute organizing material and to get together as individual committees. We will email you to arrange meeting times.

Cross-cultural Sensitivity Workshop

February 3rd. Please RSVP

Join us to look at some of the cultural similarities and differences between Syrian and Canadian cultures, to reflect on our expectations of the sponsorship settlement process, and to learn a few important phrases and greetings in Arabic. Wednesday Feburary 3rd at 7:00 pm at the United Church of Bracebridge. Please RSVP by February 1st at syrianrefugebracebridge@gmail.com so we know which room to book.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to speaking with you further!

Nancy Knox, Keith Montgomery, Susie Phillips, John Purdon, Kim Schroeder, Tamsen Tillson, Carol Turner and Ken Turner
Syrian Refugee Working Group
Syrian Refuge Bracebridge
(705) 645-5713 | syrianrefugebracebridge@gmail.com | syrianrefugebracebridge.ca
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