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Unwelcome In Their Own Communities

We know all too well how serious the world refugee crisis is.  In a moment, families that have been rooted in their home communities, are forced to flee for their lives, to find a place of shelter, safety – asylum. 

A Community Of Welcome

In our desire to apply a Tenth value of being a place of welcome for people from all different kinds of backgrounds, we seek to be a place of support, advocacy and meaningful friendships for refugees seeking safety and protection in the Lower Mainland.  

The Refugee Situation

By mid-2020, 80 million people were displaced worldwide as a result of conflict, persecution, human rights violations and violence. Now, humanity is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, including 26.3 million refugees, 4.2 million asylum seekers (Refugee Claimants) and 49.5 million internally displaced or internationally displaced persons. (Stats gathered from UNHCR)  Source Journey Home Community   Although the vast majority of refugees are displaced in countries next door, a small percentage of refugees find their way to Canada.  Although Tenth supports refugees in places like Lebanon and Europe, the bulk of our work is here in Canada.   

2 Types of Refugees in Canada  

  1. Convention Refugees are supported by Government and Private Sponsorship groups and are helped with housing and resettlement assistance.
  2. Refugee claimants (asylum seekers) do not receive these same supports. They follow complicated resettlement pathways and often have to find their own way through complex government systems. Tenth Church primarily works with Refugee Claimants seeking asylum in Canada.   

Core Purpose: 

Building genuine and enduring relationships with our refugee claimant neighbours  

Why does Tenth Church primarily walk alongside refugee claimants?

  • They are the most vulnerable kind of refugee in Canada.
  • They are already in Canada
  • We have a biblical mandate to welcome foreigners and newcomers.  

What does the bible say about refugees?

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 19:33,34 

I was a stranger and you invited me in.  Matthew 25:35  

What Tenth Does:

  • Helps families and individuals find shelter, access income support, set up their housing, navigate the refugee claim process, establish food security and accompany these newcomers as they access health care, education, language, skills training and employment.
  • Additionally, Tenth helps facilitate vocational mobility and family reunifications.   

How Tenth Does This:

Tenth is able to walk alongside more than 150 refugees seeking asylum in Canada because of you - through giving your resources and living a life of welcoming newcomers.

Volunteers: We are able develop a growing community because of a dedicated and loving team of volunteers in a context of sharing friendship and offering belonging.

Partnerships: Joining us in this journey, Tenth has intentional partnerships with:

  • Journey Home Community:  Tenth is Journey Home’s first Community of Welcome church.
  • Killarney Park MB Church:  Working together in settling refugees in Killarney Park’s housing and in community dinners.
  • Other churches in the Lower mainland that can work together for the good of refugees.  

How can I get involved?  

1. Give resources

    • Help get 30 refugees to camp by giving money. Click here to hear a story about the impact of camp.
    • Stand with newly arriving refugee claimants through giving a one-time gift or a monthly recurring donation.  Donate here                     

2. Live a life of welcome. 

    • Learn more, get trained
    • Join community events
    • Start a team of 5

Fill out this brief form that will help you find a way you can share your contribution with newly arriving asylum seekers

Getting Involved specifically: ·      

More Task Oriented

  • Create and deliver a welcome basket
  • Contribute to a community dinner
  • Assist with moving and donation management
  • Help with employment opportunities
  • Donate household items, clothing, or furniture
  • Drive newcomer to appointments 

More Relationally Oriented

  • Participate in an event or holiday celebration
  • Go on a walk with newcomers
  • Provide opportunities for English conversation
  • Invite newcomers to your house for meal 

More Intentionally Oriented

  • Offer settlement support in a team of 5
  • Open up a bedroom or two for newcomers

Events:

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Interested in what Tenth is doing overseas in response to the refugee crisis? Visit Tenth Global.

Tenth Refugee Support Team

  • Mim Wickett: Refugee Coordinator
  • Patrick Elaschuk:  Pastor of International Missions
  • Core Team:  Rita and Paul Heidebrecht, Claudia Ho, Katherine Kandalaft,  Richard Veerapen, Kristin Shoemaker, Elizabeth Thampy,  Jonathan Hayes, Rynn Zhang