Sponsoring a refugee family is an important and serious responsibility.
As a sponsor, you provide financial and emotional support for the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship. This includes help for housing, clothing and food. The most common form of sponsorship is through sponsorship agreement holders (SAH). Most SAHs are religious, ethnic, community or service organizations. If you are considering becoming a sponsor, RSTP has a very useful Self-Assessment Tool for Sponsors which can be downloaded here.
In the North Okanagan we have several groups which are already registered as Sponsorship Agreement Holders or are Constituent Groups of a larger SAH. We’ve listed these groups below along with their local contact information. We encourage interested individuals to contact these local groups for more information on how they can become involved, either by donating or as co-sponsors. Currently, the East Hill Community Church is the only organization with the ability to cosponsor refugees.
If there are other SAHs in the North Okanagan who would like to be listed, please contact us.
|Group||Type of Sponsoring Group||Accepting Co-Sponsors||Accepting Donations||Contact Information|
|All Saints Anglican Church
Diocese of Kootenay (includes North Okanagan)
|Sponsorship Agreement Holder||No||Yes||Website|
|Trinity United Church||Sponsorship Agreement Holder||No||Yes||Norma John
250-545-0797 (Church Office)
|East Hill Community Church||Sponsorship Agreement Holder||Yes||Yes||Jake Spoor
Operating under East Hill Community Church
|Community Group||No||Yes||Doug Bigelow
|Armstrong-Spallumcheen Refugee Project
Operating under Zion United Church
|Community Group||No||Yes||Ron Brinnen
|St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church
Sponsorship Agreement Holder: Canadian Lutheran World Relief
|Church Group||No||Yes||Barry Schick
Group of Five
Individuals can also form their own Group of Five as part of the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. There is an application process and you can learn more by reading about it on the CIC website here.