The Sackville Refugee Response Coalition is a broadly based, voluntary alliance of organizations and individuals, formed to engage the people of Sackville in welcoming Syrian refugee families as new arrivals to our town.
Why is this necessary?
Kenyan-born poet Warsan Shire explains the refugee experience this way, in her poem “Home.”
no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land…
no one leaves home
until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying leave, run away from me now
I don’t know what I’ve become
but I know anywhere is safer than here.
The good news?
Thanks to hundreds of generous Sackville residents, businesses and organizations, the first phase of fundraising succeeded beyond all expectations. The cost of sponsoring a single family is about $30,000. Between October 2015 and January 2016, donations received totalled more than $120,000, enough to sponsor not 1, not 2, but 3 families! In July 2016, we welcomed our first Syrian family to Sackville. In September 2016, our second Syrian family arrived, and in June 2017 we welcomed our third family, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed, whether financially, through donations of clothing and furniture, helping set up apartments, and in so many other ways!
The ongoing challenge
Sackville, New Brunswick, has proven to be a welcoming community, ready and able to offer a safe new home to people whose former homes are safe no more. But our work is not over. There are many opportunities to help our families continue to adapt to life in Sackville.
The SRRC will soon be launching a second phase of fundraising in order to pursue family reunification opportunities. We will keep you updated!
The work continues!
We invite you to check this site in the coming weeks. We are in the process of updating our website, and will be posting news and opportunities for you to learn more about how you can help make Sackville a welcoming community.
If you are interested in participating in an enriching and life-changing experience, please go to our Contacts page, or send us a message through the SRRC’s Facebook page. Browse through our Facebook page for updates and information about refugees in general, and our community’s experience. We also post requests and updates as they arise.
Thank you again for your support and your interest.