For Immediate Release
Saskatoon Receives $35,000 from Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees
Saskatoon, May 10, 2016 – Saskatoon Community Foundation is pleased to announce a $35,000 contribution to the Saskatoon Open Door Society from Community Foundation of Canada’s Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees in support of local settlement efforts. The Welcome Fund was seeded by Manulife, and quickly augmented by CN’s historic $5 million donation, as well as by generous support from GM and community organizations.
Saskatoon Open Door Society assists newcomers in all aspects of settlement: housing, language, employment, cultural education and personal supports. The grant from the Welcome Fund will help to offset housing costs that are not covered by the federal government’s monthly allowance for the refugees. With high housing, food, and transportation costs in our community, many refugees, especially the larger families, find they must take funds from their food allowance to cover housing. The grant funds will better enable the refugees to make a solid start in our community.
As Canadians join together in welcoming refugees from Syria, the Welcome Fund provides an important investment in their successful settlement in cities across Canada. Established to respond to an urgent gap in accessible and affordable housing, the Welcome Fund invests in community-driven solutions that enable recently arrived families to transition into suitable permanent housing.
As of May 2016, 72 families, 2 couples and 11 individuals who are Government Assisted Refugees from Syria have arrived in Saskatoon.
“Newcomers have been changing the face of Saskatoon for several years now,” said Carm Michalenko, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Community Foundation. “We are fortunate to be in a position to assist these refugees in beginning their new lives in Saskatoon and in Canada. The Welcome Fund grant will help to ensure they have the support they need to flourish in our community.”
“Shifting refugees from temporary to more permanent homes is the first step in helping people and families to settle into their new lives in Canada,” said Andrew Chunilall, Chief Operating Officer at Community Foundations of Canada. “We thank CN, Manulife and other participating partners for their support, and invite other organizations to step forward to assist with our continued rollout of the Welcome Fund across the country.”
About Saskatoon Community Foundation
The SCF manages over $63 million in assets and over 280 endowed funds provided by donors committed to creating a long-term resource to support our community. Over its 46 years of service to our community, the Saskatoon Community Foundation has accepted gifts from thousands of donors and made total grants in excess of $24 million. Because the Saskatoon Community Foundation invests donor gifts and grants the income generated by endowed funds received, these gifts will continue to have a positive impact for Saskatoon, forever!
To learn more visit www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca or www.communityfoundations.ca.
Carm Michalenko, Executive Director
Saskatoon Community Foundation
Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager
Saskatoon Community Foundation