2 Saints and Friends is a group made up of Two Saints Ministry parishioners and neighbourhood volunteers. The purpose of 2 Saints and Friends is to raise funds to sponsor federally approved refugees: providing one year of financial assistance and ongoing support to the newcomers once they have entered Canada. The minimum levels of financial support are established by the Government of Canada. The kinds of support required are negotiated with the newcomer family, in partnership with refugee settlement workers from designated settlement agencies.
Following the world need for financing, housing and supporting refugees, the Two Saints Ministry embarked on a journey where they together with the local communities welcomed a fast track refugee family from Syria. Having met that monetary commitment, they are currently raising funds to support an Eritrean family recently arrived from an Ethiopian refugee camp. This has been a 3-4 year commitment plan, now in it's final year, and the Diocese of British Columbia is a resource on which the Two Saints Ministry are calling upon. There are many concerts planned for fundraisers, with choirs and musicians donating their time to this fundraiser. To learn more about the 2 Saints and Friends, or to donate, please click here.
The 2 Saints and Friends work in sponsoring refugees is accountable to the Diocese of British Columbia, which is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Government of Canada. The Diocese’s SAH arrangement with the federal government stipulates that each of the Diocese’s sponsor groups must be attached to one of its churches, adhere to its standards of conduct and accountability, and may use its charitable number to issue receipts for donations.