Refugee news and resources

Mill Woods United welcomes the arrival of refugees from Syria — and other countries like it that have been destroyed by war — to Edmonton and Canada.

Church Council discussed the issue twice in the Fall of 2015, and decided to dedicate our special Christmas Eve offerings to support the refugee resettlement work of the Mennonite Central Committee in Edmonton.

If you are interested in helping to lead our response to today’s refugee crises, please get in touch with Council via the church office: 780-463-2202, mwuc1@telus.net.

Below is more information.

Assisting in the Syrian Relief Programs

Donating money

The United Church of Canada “Syria Refugee Appeal” — click the link to go to an online donation.

Edmonton Mennonite Centre Syrian Emergency Relief Fund (donations matched by federal funds) – online or by mailed cheque, please consider the EMCN information available at http://emcn.ab.ca/donate/

Donate Items:

Islamic Family Social Services Association http://www.ifssa.ca/
Strathcona Business Complex
Unit #85, 4003 – 98 Street
Edmonton, AB T6E 6M8
info@ifssa.ca

Islamic Family Social Services Association is collecting clothing donations that will be used to help not only Syrian Refugees, whose need for clothes vary, but any individuals in Edmonton who are in need.

St Vincent De Paul coordinating with Catholic Social Services: outlined at http://www.ssvpedmonton.ca/page-1165932

Making Material Donations: the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul welcomes your donations of furniture, household goods, clothing and personal items. Please call prior to making any material donations and we will arrange for pickup.

To make a furniture donation please call them at 780-471-5577 OR email them at: ssvpdonations@gmail.com with your name, address including postal code, phone number, and a brief description of the items you wish to donate.

Currently they are in urgent need of:

  • beds, especially twin-sized mattresses and box springs to help several families with young children who are sleeping on bare floors. Beds should be gently used and have no stains. NO BED BUGS PLEASE!
  • Spoons and forks
  • Kid’s gloves/mittens and scarves/coats
  • Men’s gloves and long johns
  • Socks and underwear
  • Furniture: that is not broken, damaged or needing repairs, has no tears or stains and has no missing parts
  • Household goods: dishes, pots, pans, cutlery and bedding. Small appliances that are in good working order, clean and not missing any parts.

They list items they cannot accept, and advise donation of those items to  Edmonton FreeCycle, Goodwill, Edmonton Kijiji, Edmonton Recycling Depots, Find, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Salvation Army Sport Central

Volunteer:

Catholic Social Services Volunteer Program Office: 780.432.1137
volunteer@cssalberta.ca
Syrian Refugee Volunteer Line: 780.391.3338

Catholic Social Services is gathering information from people interested in volunteering with Syrian refugees. People can indicate the amount and type of volunteering they’d like to do by calling the Syrian Refugee volunteer line. Visit https://www.cssalberta.ca/ for more information.

The project can use people who have a variety of citizenship or guidance skills. Requirements include a criminal record check, references and a child intervention record check. Completion of the form does not assure placement.

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers – especially for homework tutors for children in schools, 780-424-7709 or visit http://emcn.ab.ca/

Offer a residence to rent:

Edmonton Catholic Social Services coordinating this service — the online form to register an available residence is here. A completed form does not assure that the application will be authorized.

Sponsor a Family

Sponsor a Refugee (United Church of Canada website)

— Mennonite Central Committee Alberta: email officeab@mccab.ca