Who Is “Better Together Refugee Sponsorship”?
Better Together Refugee Sponsorship (BTRS) consists of churches and other groups in the Cobourg and Port Hope area who are committed to bringing a number of sponsored families to safety in Canada.
We are a volunteer group who are intent on providing all that is necessary to support the families for 12 months after their arrival in Canada.
Since 2016 we have sponsored three families and we hope to sponsor four more.
Because of this, Grace Church in Port Hope supports BTRS. As such, we have a core team that provides help to the third family that arrived in Canada in December 2016. The family consists of father, mother and three children. The children are in elementary school and the parents attend ESL classes.
Due to support from our community, we were able to furnish an entire apartment for our family! Team Three is involved on a daily basis with helping our family adjust to life in Canada.
As well, the Core Team helps with shopping, filling out forms, as well as finding a dentist and a doctor. Most of all, we want our family to love Canada. Hence we plan fun events like taking them to the Maple Sugar Bush! In our interaction we are learning some Arabic as our family learns English. We are truly “Better Together” as we develop our friendship with our sponsored family. They look to the core team as their “family” and they like to spend a lot of time with us!
It’s easy to Donate
Many have asked what they can do to help. It requires money up front to sponsor a family to Canada. Therefore, the funds for the third family have already been raised. However, if you would like to donate money towards the other families that are coming, please click the “Donate Now” button. This is a link to our Canada Helps special page for BTRS.
As well, in January & February 2016, four of the churches involved with BTRS had a pulpit sharing event. This ended in a combined Good Friday service held at the Best Western in Cobourg in March 2016. Here are the sermons from that series:
For more information, check out BTRS’s website at BetterTogetherPartnership.org