Refugees Seeking Sanctuary

By Maggie Zoske
February 21, 2017

As you are aware, there has been an increase in refugees seeking sanctuary by crossing the border from the United States into Canada.  Many of these men, women and children are crossing the border at Emerson, Manitoba.  A number of people in our Conference have expressed a desire to be supportive of those seeking sanctuary and are asking what actions they might take.  Our Conference has been in touch with Jordan Basso, the minister at St. Andrew’s United Church, Emerson, with Lynne Sanderson, Chair of Agassiz Presbytery and with The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council’s Welcome Place, an agency that offers in-Canada protection services for refugee claimants arriving in the country.  Following this consultation it is our recommendation that what is most needed at this point in time is financial support for the ongoing work of Welcome Place.  Donations can be made at  or by calling 204-977-1000.  Of course, letters and emails of caring and support to the congregation at St. Andrew’s United Church, Emerson would also be welcomed – c/o Jordan Basso, Box 89, Dominion City, MB R0A 0H0, 

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