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Speaker: Jonathan Griffiths, Lead Pastor
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
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Refugee Sponsorship

Stay updated, click to read our Newsletter about the MET Refugee Sponsorship initiative.

 

ACTION TEAMS

Constituent Group Lead
Anne McGregor

  • Main point of contact with The MET’s SAH (Sponsorship Agreement Holder)
  • Action Team lead
  • Arranges for training of sponsorship group
  • Signatory for sponsorship documents
  • Responsible for completion of the resettlement process for sponsored families
  • Connects with the wider faith community for partnering and assistance.

Forms and Finances
Lead - John Baldwin

  • Completes application forms and submits them for sponsorship
    - Pre-screening forms for CMA
    - Constituency Group forms
    - Refugee applications
  • Helps with the team's budget planning
  • Keeps the congregation aware of funding needs,
  • Tracks donations and disbursements.
  • Provides guidance to new arrivals with their budget
  • Applies immediately on arrival for child tax benefit (CCTB)
  • Opens a bank account and teaches how to track balances, use ATM, meeting their branch manager.
  • Help the family to understand budgeting, bill payments, rent and utilities, taxes and currency in Canada etc.

Interpretation
Lead – Najwa Wood

  • Interpreters speak fluent English and another language and are available to provide services.
  • Take pictures of other team leaders and create an album with names to help the family get to know their sponsors.
  • Create a phone reference card with lists of numbers they may need
  • Print helpful picture prompts for both other teams and the family to keep as communication tools.  These could be secured to key rings or put into small books.

Housing & Maintenance
Lead – Wayne Webster

  • Recommends first, temporary accommodation on arrival
  • Secures permanent accommodations and helps with any repairs that may initially need to be performed, and assist with utility hookups.
  • Goes over basic housing issues, including security/locks, maintenance requirements, appliances, garbage and recycling, sanitation and the mailbox.
  • Makes sure the families know who to contact if they have a maintenance request.
  • Educates tenants regarding both rights and obligations.

Furnishings & Clothing
Lead – Darlene May

  • Bring winter clothing for the family to the airport if the weather is cool the day of arrival.  Also bring car seats if needed.
  • Have the new home ready to be lived in.  The kitchen pantry stocked with staples and clothes closets should be furnished in a way that is both sensitive to culture and seasonal weather.
  • Teach them about appropriate clothing for our climate. 
  • Advise the newcomers of affordable stores in the area in which they live (Salvation Army, Value Village, etc.)
  • Provide furniture and implements of daily living before the arrival of family.
  • Provide access to furniture bank

Education
Lead –

  • Enroll every family member in basic English language training to ensure each person has the ability to functionally communicate in English at the end of their first year in Canada.  This needs to have priority over job searching.
  • Assist adults to access employment and job training, as needed.
  • Enrol children in a local school.  Contact schools and local library for academic support.  Contact the school social worker. Provide school supplies and orientation.


Transportation
Lead – Najwa Wood

  • To assist new arrivals with transportation needs, i.e.: vehicles, driver licences, bus routes, understanding Canadian taxi services, etc.
  • If the family would like to use them: provide bikes, helmets, locks and rules of the road.
  • Also provide the family with maps of their neighbourhood and city and new country.

Employment
Lead – Katie Ochin

  • Apply immediately for social insurance numbers
  • Contact the local settlement agency for job readiness courses
  • This team will help those who are ready for employment to understand the job search process, interview process and find and job
  • Explain western attitudes about being on time and keeping appointments.
  • Ensure that individuals understand employee rights.


Medical
Lead – Michelle Bezanson

  • Apply immediately for provincial health coverage and cards.
  • Apply immediately for interim federal health plan (IFP)
  • Ensure all vaccinations are complete.
  • Help find a family doctor, dentist, counselor, or any other professional help needed for both physical and mental well-being.
  • Education newcomers about the 911 service.  Help them understand that the police in Canada are peacekeepers.
  • Teach that they can see their doctor without any cost, explain the difference between a doctor’s office services and the emergency room.

Homemaking & Social Needs
Lead – Cynthia McLellan

  • Apply immediately for provincial health coverage and cards.
  • Apply immediately for interim federal health plan (IFP)
  • Ensure all vaccinations are complete.
  • Help find a family doctor, dentist, counselor, or any other professional help needed for both physical and mental well-being.
  • Education newcomers about the 911 service.  Help them understand that the police in Canada are peacekeepers.
  • Teach that they can see their doctor without any cost, explain the difference between a doctor’s office services and the emergency room.

Communication
Lead – Katie Ochin

  • Send regular updates via e-mail to the members of the congregation who sign up to receive ongoing information about the MET's refugee sponsorship. In these updates we would include:
    - brief status reports on the immigration and settlement process of the families
    - specific prayer requests
    - needs that arise (furniture, repair services etc.)
  • Include these updates on the MET website.
  • Communicate with Team members for the needs and prayer requests for their individual teams and resettlement responsibilities.
  • Be aware of security concerns. Do not divulge full names of those we hope to sponsor.

 

 

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