The Toronto Star‘s Nicholas Keung tells the story of how refugee sponsors in Canada have found themselves left waiting for the actual arrival of refugees, leaving them with significant costs indeed.
It didn’t take long for Nancy Wilding and her sponsorship group in Huntsville to raise well over the $60,000 they needed to sponsor a Syrian family of seven.
With an application submitted in October 2015, they were matched quickly with a refugee family and scrambled to get things ready.
By December they had secured a four-bedroom house for the family. Some 60 volunteers installed a new kitchen, with cabinetry donated by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, with natural maple cupboards, new countertops and a donated fridge and stove.
Handmade curtains were hung, a country-style couch and love seat were brought in to grace the living room and a harvest table big enough for dining for the entire family was given pride of place.
The group even filled the house with food, clothing and daily necessities.
The only thing missing was the family.
“We had been ready to go by Christmas, then we waited, waited and waited. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for us. There’s been so much frustration that our hope was dashed,” Wilding said of Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Huntsville.