Following the 2016 Refugee Crisis, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa more deeply invested resources in supporting refugee sponsorship. Through that Sponsorship Refugee Ministry, St James sponsored two families.
The Alsalman family arrived from Iraq June 1st, 2015. Everyone is doing well in their studies. Their daughter was born on June 1st, 2017, the anniversary of the date that they arrived in Canada.
A family of seven arrived from Indonesia on October 17th, 2018. Although individual family members were born in either Palestine or Iraq, they are stateless. Parents Adel and Maisa brought their children Muthanna, Mazen, Mohammed, Misk, and Mays. We have remained in contact with them over the years and love hearing how everyone is doing.