Annapolis Royal Assisting Relocation - ARCARe
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December 28, 2015
ARCARe Update
Dear ARCARe supporters:
It's been a busy few weeks, and with the completion of the work on the house (and cleanup), and the ongoing gathering of furniture and clothing we're nearing the end of the preparation phase and are into the final bit before our family will arrive.

But we haven't chosen a family yet! We would like to have, but suddenly the lists of refugees stopped arriving as the IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) has been completely overwhelmed by both the number of people to process and the number of groups who want to sponsor them. The support from Canadians has been really inspiring and in many ways the government is trying to catch up with the will of the people.... their desire to help.

ARCARe is partnered with the federal government through one of its proxies, or SAHs (Sponsorship Agreement Holders): in our case, the United Church of Canada - through St. George and St. Andrew United Church, in Annapolis Royal. The refugees you've been hearing about who have arrived over the past few weeks are here because of private sponsoring groups, that is, groups that are able to raise the required amount to completely sponsor a family on their own for a year.

We are not able to do that, but are very happy to be able to split (50/50) the cost of sponsoring a family with the Government of Canada. ARCARe is part of the BVOR, or Blended Visa Office Referred sponsoring program, where we will pick a (likely) Syrian family from lists of already-approved people who have been screened by Canadian officials working in the camps in Turkey, Jordan, or Lebanon. There IS a chance that we will be sponsoring a family from one of the refugee camps in Africa, or elsewhere, but the focus of both the previous and present federal governments has been on bringing Syrian people to Canada. If a family is chosen that is other than Syrian, we will need to pay for the medical and travel expenses, but if a Syrian family is chosen these expenses will be covered by the Canadian government. For this reason we are gladly continuing to accept donations for our soon-to-arrive family.

We at ARCARe would like to thank so many individuals, churches, schools and other groups for their direct help, but also the greater community for being open to sponsoring a family in need like we are doing. We also would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Mawlid, and also a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Thank you, everyone.
Laurie McGowan, ARCARe Chair
We're having an Open House!
Annapolis Royal Community Assisting Relocation (ARCARe) would like to thank you for supporting the sponsorship of a refugee family in to the community of Annapolis Royal.

You are invited to an open house on December 29, 2 -4 pm
238 St. Anthony St. Annapolis Royal (previously Harris House Antique Lighting)

Light refreshments will be provided
Please join us to meet and chat about the ARCARe group, and how we can all be a part of welcoming and supporting the new family
as a community.

Hope to see you there! 
Thank you, 
Organisers: Sally O'Grady, Michele Hall, Jean McGinis
Walkathon for ARCARe
Organized by Grade 4 teacher, Sally Tinker, Champlain Elementary School held a Walkathon around and in front of the school and raised an incredible $900 for ARCARe! Here (right to left) Ms Tinker and Grade 4 class representatives Letcher Hebb and Oliver Bonnington present Jean McGinis of ARCARe the cheque.  Thank-you Ms Tinker, all the students and staff, and the family and friends who sponsored the walkers!
Drop-in Concert

January 23 from 10:00 until 3:00 - All day drop in concert at St. George and St. Andrew United Church featuring local performers such as the Annapolis Voices, St. George and St. Andrew United church choir, the Fundy Choral, soloists, duets and instrumentalists.  A free will offering will be collected in support of ARCARe.
St. George and St. Andrew United Church were very pleased to raise $3,197 at our Memorial Tree Lighting Service on December 13 for the refugee project.
Cash Donations
Cheques can be written to St. George and St. Andrew United Church, please write "Donation for ARCARe" in the bottom left-hand memo space. Please send to ARCARe Fundraising Committee, C/O St. George and St. Andrew United Church, Box 493, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0. Thank you!
ARCARe Gift Cards 
Donate to ARCARe in honour of a friend or loved one. Michele Hall will have folded cards (with envelopes) that can be collected when you make a donation, this card can be sent to the intended recipient with a thank you from ARCARe.
Contact Michele Hall, ARCARe Fundraising Committee, on 
902-532-0901 or email 
Things We Need!
We are in the process of creating a list; this will then be organised in to groups at which point we will be calling for volunteer help! The list should be finalised early January. Thanks!

More requests will go out as things progress.  Please contact Jean McGinis at 
(902) 532-1935 or
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