Refugees who come to Canada need sponsors within the country. The sponsor may assist with the application process, guarantees monetary support for the first year, encourages the family in learning English and helps the family adapt to life in Canada. Three United Churches in the Central Okanagan have worked together since 1997 to provide this support: First United Kelowna, Rutland United, and Winfield United as well many other churches and faith groups. CORC has sponsored five families since its inception. The committee is currently supporting a family from Syria that arrived this year as well as fund-raising in preparation for the next sponsorship opportunity that arises.
If you are interested in knowing more about this ministry contact the Outreach minister or the chair of the Outreach core ministry, through the church or email CORC at

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