Swift Cur­rent ready for ar­rival of new Syr­ian refugee fam­ily

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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.”

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