In early September 2015, St George’s established a Refugee Sponsorship Team, with the approval of the Parish Council and the Social Justice and Outreach team, with the objective of sponsoring a Syrian refugee family to come to Canada. The creation of the team was a result of the concern for the Syrian families fleeing their war-torn country in thousands. As a result of a series of events, a general meeting was held in late September which was attended by 40+ people from the parish. Many of these attendees have volunteered to help in the various tasks required to bring and support a family for a period of twelve months. St. George’s has had a long history of sponsoring refugee families through the Refugee Committee of the Anglican Diocese.
On February 10th, 2016, the Team welcomed The Barhoum/Belal Family, a wonderful Syrian family of six, and have since been assisting them on a daily basis as they settle into their new surroundings. The family consists of two parents and four children (2 boys – ages 17 and 10, and 2 girls – ages 14 and 2). They are living in a three-bedroom apartment in Esquimalt, and all the children are attending school. They have been extremely grateful and all the members of the Refugee Team have reported that the family is a delight to assist.