Hanan Talabeh

Hanan Talabeh's family arrived as refugees from Syria this summer. They were met at the airport by Talabeh and her daughter Nada. From left: Hanadi, Lara, Nada, Sara, and Jaafar.

The relationships that are formed are often transforming and everlasting.

There are now more people displaced by conflict than at any time since World War II—nearly 60 million people.  MCC does long-term development, working to solve the root causes of conflict and reduce the number of people becoming refugees.  Since 1979 we have also helped those who have no prospect of returning home to start a new life in Canada.

Sponsorship is a one year commitment. The sponsor helps the refugee family with practical things like housing, finances, and grocery shopping, as well as offering friendship and emotional support.

While the legal sponsorship lasts a year, the relationships that are formed are often transforming and everlasting. Throughout the stages of the sponsorship process, MCC provides the sponsors with training opportunities and support.

If you or your church feel called to help welcome a refugee family read our Frequently Asked Questions about refugee sponsorship or contact the MCC office in your province to see how you can become a sponsor.