Swift Current ready for arrival of new Syrian refugee family
The Swift Current and Area Ministerial Refugee Committee is putting the final plans in place to welcome a new refugee family to Swift Current.
A Syrian family of eight will soon be arriving from a refugee camp situated on the border of Turkey and Syria. They have been in the refugee camp for a number of years, and have been staying in housing constructed from a repurposed Sea Can.
The parents, along with their six children, ranging in age from 17 to six, are scheduled to arrive in the community on either October 5 or 6.
Swift Current and Area Ministerial Refugee Committee Vice Chairman Sammi Khalife said taking in a new refugee family meets their new mandate of sponsoring a refugee family every year for the next three years.
“With this specific family, were were approached by MCC Saskatoon, who has been a great partner with us for a long time. Usually we do our sponsorships through them,” Khalife said this past week.
In order to not over stress their volunteer teams working with the refugee families, there is a new group of individuals involved with supporting this family.
“That’s where the Family Structure Team that we put together comes into play. There is a coordinator for their education. There is one for their healthcare. One for transportation. There is one for housing - even finding a house for eight in Swift Current is a challenge. So we’re very lucky to have representatives from many churches. The team is in place right now and we’re ready.”
He added that that community certainly also partners with them in supporting refugee newcomers.
“The community now they understand our job more, they know what we do. They know what we need. And we have a strong relationship with the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, the MCC, many churches, and the City. So we’re working close with everyone to make that process as easy and as beneficial to the family as possible.”
Any calls for support for last minute items and unexpected needs will be made through their Facebook page.
“I ask people to keep a close eye on our Facebook page because any communication comes through that lately.”