Sponsorship Updates with the NSURR
It has been several months since landing for our Newcomer families, or to put it another way we are half way through our sponsorships.
All of the children are enrolled in school, catching up for lost years of education, with the eldest attending college on a full scholarship. The hope is for all of the children to graduate, but it will take hard work and perseverance.
Parents are attending English classes and becoming more confident using their English, in order to become proficient enough for job searching or taking courses to help secure better paid work.
While budgets are reasonably healthy we did, at the outset decide that we wished to ensure that neither family were burdened with the debt of their travel loans. Both family’s loans amount to $10,000 each.
A pot luck Thanksgiving dinner for the K. M. family on 7th October, 2017 at St Andrews brought volunteers and newcomers together for a joyous celebration of gratitude and grace.
With regard to housing, the families have been put onto the BC Housing Registry and now anticipate a long wait for a subsidized 4 bedroom unit, which are rarer than hens' teeth!
Please keep the families in your prayers.