The three communities of St Andrews, Heatherton, and Giants Lake wished to be able to welcome the family to what we consider a vibrant rural community (2009 NS Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit award).. With the need to have the house centrally located in the community and near its services, the convent had great potential in that it had been recently vacated by the sisters of St Martha after 86 years of community presence. The sisters responded to Tri-HEART’s ask in their spirit of charity by removing the house from the market, offering to hold it vacant and available until May as the arrival of the refugee family might typically take up to five months, and thereafter for up to a year rent free with Tri-HEART covering the utility and operating costs.
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Recent efforts have been broadening our involvement with the other Antigonish sponsorship groups (SAFE, ST Ninian’s, and StFX) to be better versed in the many responsibilities in welcoming what could well be a half dozen families. To assure successful integration into our collective communities, educational aspects have included webinars on sponsorship process and presentations on the physical aspects of welcoming and settlement for the refugee family. For that stage we are gathering a “volunteer inventory” of time, talent, and treasures required to truly make this a home among friends such that they may add to the wonderful fabric of this community that has been populated since its founding by individuals seeking a better life from a homeland of adversity.