Canadians Accepting Refugees Everywhere
C.A.R.E. is a standing committee of St. Ninian's Cathedral Parish Council. Its purpose is to facilitate the relocation of refugees from their current situation of danger and vulnerability to the safety of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. This includes the preparation of documents necessary to process the application, raising the funds necessary to support the family in accordance with the guidelines of the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and the Settlement Commitment Agreement with SAFE (the Sponsorship Agreement Holder), and arranging all aspects of settlement upon arrival and for the family’s first year in Canada. All members of the communities in the Antigonish area are welcome to join the C.A.R.E. Committee.
Tell Me More!
C.A.R.E. was established in 2015. Initially we brought two families from Syria to safety; we provided housing and support for them all, while applying for additional families, two from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and two from the Dadaab Camp in Kenya. We were so happy to welcome these families in 2019! In total, we have brought 6 families to safety here. While providing for their basic needs of shelter, food, and life skills assistance, this has also opened the doors of opportunity for education and a successful life for their 19 children.
All our families have fled the dangers of war. In their refuge, some have also experienced fear, violence and loss. Coming to Antigonish, being welcomed by the general community, being able to practice their faith without prejudice, are aspects of their new life they will never take for granted.
“Before I came here, I was always so scared of everything. Now I know I am a different person. I feel human” - mother
The Next Step
The committee is working to reunify members of three families who were sponsored by C.A.R.E. in 2019. These loved ones (2 adults and 2 children) remain in danger, poverty, and uncertainty.
C.A.R.E. meetings are open to all who are interested.
Please contact Sue/Mike O'Brien for more information:
(902) 863-1479 or [email protected]
Donations to the C.A.R.E. Fund can be made at the Parish Office:
St. Ninian Parish 121 St. Ninian Street
Or via E-Transfer: