For AGC Churches with Questions
This is the place to take a first look at Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees program
to see if this is something you and your church could be involved in,
to put hands and feet to God's call to care for strangers and our brothers and sisters in Christ
... to loose the cords of injustice.
Now that you understand a little of what is involved and are familiar with the types of sponsorship available, we are glad you want to explore further.
In this next area, we anticipate and address the next questions you may have including sponsor group responsibilities, costs, more detailed PSR program descriptions, and understanding the process.
For AGC Churches Sponsoring Refugees
Once there are at least 5 individuals committed to sponsor a family, and you expect that raising the required funds will be possible, you are ready for these next steps that will walk you through the different roles of Core Team members all the way to submitting the application.
Once all the forms are submitted, the waiting period begins. For some groups this is a long time, for others (particularly BVOR sponsorships), this time is relatively short. This is a good time to begin a friendship with the refugee(s). WhatsApp, Skype, Messenger and email are some of the most common options available to sponsors today. This can also be a good time to network with other sponsoring groups - to encourage one another as you continue to prepare, and to wait.
Now that the newcomer family has arrived, what sort of things does a sponsoring group need to assist in resettlement? Here you will have access to a First Weeks Checklist, information regarding IFHP coverage, CG reporting, a settlement handbook and how to effectively prepare for month 13 and independence.
Opportunities to get involved with refugee sponsorship can look a number of different ways.