Even More New Arrivals!

It never rains, but it pours.

That's what we're telling ourselves at the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia. Fresh on the heels of one of our sponsored refugees arriving, we're now getting ready for the imminent arrival of new couple!

Thank you so much for the amazing support in starting the settlement process with a newcomer already this month, who is now set up in an apartment and beginning a new life in Halifax. Now, we need our supporters to go the extra mile, and help us support a male couple from the Middle East, arriving as early as next week. More specifics on our needs are below.

If you've already contributed everything you can this month, maybe this is a good time to forward this newsletter to your friends, or to share our Facebook posts looking for support. We rely very heavily on your generosity, and it makes an immediate and real difference in the lives of LGBTQI people looking for a new start.

And yes, there's a lesson here in how chaotic the refugee sponsorship system can be. We carefully plan how many people we can support in a given year, but the timing of their arrival is entirely beyond our control. We are always mobilizing donations and volunteers with little notice--and now, unexpectedly doing so twice in the same month. Your help is immensely appreciated.
Our most urgent need, as previously, is for housing. We have a budget of up to $750 per month, and our ideal option would be a transit-accessible one bedroom apartment. If you have any leads, please let us know right away at rainbowrefugee.ns@gmail.com.

We will also be looking to furnish an apartment. We had a great response to our previous call for donations, but we're starting from scratch again--so we encourage you to circulate this list widely. Household items we are looking for include:

  • Kitchen table & chairs
  • Frying pans
  • Pots
  • Toaster
  • Good, sharp knives (large chef’s knife, bread knife and paring knife)
  • Dish cloths
  • Cutlery
  • Kettle
  • Silverware organizer (drawer insert)
  • Spatula, wooden spoons etc
  • Oven mitts
  • Dish drying rack
  • Rolls of aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, and parchment paper, ziplock bags
  • Ice cube trays
  • Can opener
  • Colander
  • Dish soap and sponges/scrubbers
  • Peeler
  • Teapot
  • Bottle opener
  • Lamps
  • Bed frame
  • Bedding for a queen size
  • Pillows
  • Shelving
  • Couches
  • Armchairs
  • Laundry basket
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand towels
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shower curtain liner and rings
  • Bath soap, hand soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet plunger
  • Bath mat
  • Night stand
  • Hangers
  • Dresser
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g. rags, paper towels, sprays)
  • Laundry soap
  • Garbage and recycling bags
  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Extension cords
  • Full length mirror
  • Basic toolkit
  • Trash can x 2

Please contact us by email at rainbowrefugee.ns@gmail.com if you can provide any of these items. All donations are very much appreciated!

Posted on October 17, 2016 .