We advocate for refugees and provide information on refugee issues. Our goals are to help refugees abroad to come to Canada and to assist those already here. UCV was approved as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder in the fall of 2019. This designation will give us the opportunity to expand our work even further, as long as funds are available. It also means we have a direct relationship with the government, rather than going through the Canadian Unitarian Council which may help to expedite sponsorships.
Our Vancouver Unitarian work with refugees
This can involve, for example, apartment hunting, teaching English, giving financial aid, visiting the doctor, gathering household items and clothing, or just lending an ear.
We fundraise by serving lunch, having a weekly Thrift Sale Table and occasionally sponsoring cultural events.
Refugees are brave: their strengths and their cultures enrich us; they contribute much to Canada.
Over the years this congregation has sponsored, or helped locally, refugees from Viet Nam, Central America, Burma, Afghanistan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Serbia, and Palestine.
Monthly Meeting: The committee usually meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 12:30.
Every Sunday, Julia and the Refugee Support team have a thrift sale table in Hewett Hall. Donations of goods and funds are welcome any time.
Items needed by our sponsored refugees are given to them and other items are sold and the cash put into the Refugee Fund. Contact Julia Myers to get involved.