Open Hearts in Our Welcoming Community
Who Are We?
The CARR is a grass-roots, non-profit organization centred in the community of Perth, Ontario, which is passionately dedicated to welcoming refugees to Canada and helping them integrate completely into our community, with the ultimately goal of becoming successful Canadian citizens. We have had the unwavering assistance of several key organizations, including: the Perth & District Community Foundation, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and St. James the Apostle Church of Perth. We have also had incredible support from the amazing citizens of this area in welcoming the refugee families and providing the essentials to ensure that their new lives in our community will be successful.
There have been so many tragic images emerging from the struggles for survival of the world's 4 million + refugees. These pictures have struck a chord with so many of us locally and across Canada. It is NO longer possible to sit and watch: doing nothing is NOT an option!
In late September 2015 the wheels were set in motion when a group of citizens in our community came together to talk over and gauge interest in sponsoring refugee families to settle here in the Perth area. The interest was enthusiastic and it was clear that the feelings in our community reflect the broad Canadian generosity that’s growing across the country, so The Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement was formed ~ The CARR was set in motion.
The CARR picked up speed quickly as an executive committee was formed and Settlement Teams were developed. There are currently over 150 volunteers on board who are hard at work supporting the current families, planning for the newcomers and gathering everything they will need to create a new life here in our community. The Perth & District Community Foundation has graciously set up a fund to support The CARR and all donations are being professionally managed by them.
We are happy to report that thanks to the generosity of people both inside and outside this community, we now have received more than $150,000 in donations. To our generous donors we say "THANK YOU"! This means that we are right where we had hoped to be in terms of being able to welcome four Refugee families into the community. We have been able to help two families to settle in Perth in 2016 and they are doing amazingly well now in our community. In addition, two more families arrived in the summer of 2018 and they are now settling into the community with the help of our volunteers.
We are thrilled to be a part of something that will make a positive difference in the lives of new Canadians who are now living in such traumatic conditions and who have been forced to flee their homelands. We welcome your support as we share in this incredible Canadian response to the global refugee crises. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada states that “It reflects our commitment to Canadians and demonstrates to the world that we have a shared responsibility to help people who are displaced and persecuted.”
We still could use YOUR help as we continue this resettlement work, which is a proud and important part of Canada's humanitarian tradition! Our intention is to help the families build new lives here in the Perth area and we are working with an established Sponsorship Agreement Holder in Ottawa to bring it all together.
The CARR is now in high gear and the outpouring of expertise and support from our own community has been incredible. Please hop on board and help us welcome new Canadians to our community so they may once again feel safe and we may have the opportunity to honour and celebrate their contributions.
How YOU Can Help Make A Difference…
Please click on the "Donate" button to find out how you can help by donating to the cause to keep the CARR moving forward in the fast lane. And if you would like to help steer the CARR, please consider clicking on the "Volunteer" button. In addition, you can make the newcomers feel welcome by greeting them whenever your paths cross in the community and helping them to make new friends.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Because unless you believe that the future can be better,
you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
― Noam Chomsky
Welcome aboard The CARR!
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