When Lakeshore United Church in Goderich undertook for a family that had been displaced from Darfur, South Sudan to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya, it changed everyone's lives for the better. The United Church of Canada, upon learning of this success, asked the community to take another sponsorship.


A word from Kate Ballagh-Steeper, Minister of Family & Justice Ministries at Lakeshore:


“Our congregation is sponsoring a 28-year-old man from Aleppo. His name is Ward. He had to leave in the midst of finishing a business degree. We don't know yet when he will come - hopefully in the fall.


“In February 2016 our first sponsored family, the Maguet Diel family arrived. They were a family of 14 and we were incredibly blessed by their presence and by the incredible volunteer support that surrounded them. Volunteers stepped forward from within and beyond the congregation. Unfortunately, Peter and Hellen made the decision to relocate to Stratford as Peter had a full-time job there. They also benefit from a public transit system there as none of them drive. They didn't want to leave Goderich as they had experienced a very warm welcome. We miss them but some of us have stayed in touch with them. Thankfully we were able to put a group of volunteers in place in Stratford to help them settle there.”


Proceeds from this piece will benefit Welcome Project Part II.

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    Moulding paste & gesso

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    Wrapped canvas

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    Matte clear shield with UV protection