As refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria continue to arrive in Canada, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and CK LIP are prepared to support these families, the groups and agencies acting as sponsors/hosts, and anyone living in Chatham-Kent that wishes to lend any sort of assistance.

The Municipality has created a web page for information and updates: Refugees - Chatham-Kent Is Ready to Help, with links to details of how you can contribute to local, provincial and federal efforts. If you wish to help but need guidance finding the best assistance group to connect with, or have further questions, please feel free to contact the CK LIP office (cklip@chatham-kent.ca; 519-354-0430).

Monetary donations to support refugee settlement in Chatham-Kent can be made through Adult Language and Learning.

In October 2015, CK LIP hosted a presentation by Moses Moini, refugee coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee. Moses provided community members and organizations with an overview of the private refugee sponsorship process and other options to support international relief efforts. For more information on Mennonite Central Committee supports, visit their website.

More information on private sponsorship is available through the Toronto-based website "Refugee Sponsorship Training Program" including a series of video tutorials.

A local public committee has also formed to coordinate support efforts and help all arriving refugee families feel welcome. The Surviving to Thriving Network can be reached through their Facebook page or via email at thrivingck@gmail.com.

 Refugees in Canada: Facts