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Members of Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue and Lutheran Church of the Cross are working to sponsor a Syrian family of six to start a new life in Victoria. The sponsorship team is applying on their behalf through the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA).

The Need
In order be approved to sponsor this family, the team must raise at least $40,000 and have already raised $25,000. Another $15,000 must be raised by the deadline of October 31, 2022, or the sponsorship space will be lost for this year. Thankfully, the family’s UNHCR registration allows the sponsorship team to apply on their behalf through ICA. All funds raised will be used by ICA to assist the refugees to settle here in Victoria.

If individuals or businesses would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help this family, it can be done through one of the following links:
   • ICA - Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (Note “CG-173-22” in comment box)
   • Charitable Impact - Sponsor A Syrian Refugee Family of Six

Read the Media Release below to find out more about the refugee family and this very interesting and hopeful story of multi-faith cooperation working together for good in times of religious and ethnic tensions.

Shown in the picture above: Sherry Coughlin, Rabbi Harry Brechner, Robert Oppenheimer, and Rev. Lyndon Sayers.