United Way draws attention to Syrian refugees

Agency at forefront of offering assistance and compassion to local groups helping new immigrants adjust to life in Canada.

  • Jan. 21, 2016 7:00 a.m.

News of an influx of refugees to our community has prompted Okanagan individuals, businesses and nonprofits to get involved.

A region-wide coordinated effort is underway. It is anticipated that 20 Syrian families will arrive at the Kelowna airport over the next four months.

Their needs will reflect both the unique settlement issues of newcomers and the typical concerns of any family moving to another country taking few material possessions with them.

“Supporting our community is what we do and these new community members need our assistance and our compassion,” said Shelley Gilmore, executive director of United Way CSO.

“Integrating into a new country and a new community presents many challenges that are innate to the refugee and immigration process. Partnering with these many other organizations to assist both the families moving here and the families and systems that will now support them is key to our community’s overall success and health.”

To donate to United for Refugees, visit:  unitedwaycso.com/refugees. United Way will match funds up to $5,000 with hopes of raising a total of $10,000 for the cause.

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