SWARM supports refugees in our city in many ways.
This work is for everyone. Many people from various Lutheran congregations continue to be involved in this way, there is always work to do, volunteers are always welcome.
Highlights of 2022:
SWARM now has Charitable Status with the CRA.
We continue to assist new Canadian families from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria and many other places to feel supported and embraced in their new city and through these difficult times
We sponsored a young Honduran mother and her three sons and we continue to assist them as they learn English, seek employment and navigate their way in their new country
We collect and deliver furniture, household items and clothing for new families. We have assisted upwards of 75 families throughout this year.
We coordinate with other agencies in the city (CCIS, Centre for Newcomers, CIWA, etc) in assisting the many refugee arrivals
We have a regular food distribution from Costco in Okotoks to various families and agencies
We continue personal visits to new families to encourage them and help them know that they are welcome and that there are Canadians who care
We assist other groups who are interested in sponsorship and have helped various congregations throughout Alberta accept Ukrainian families
How Can You Help:
We need vehicles and muscles to help deliver furniture and household items - once or twice or regularly
Donations of furniture and household items are welcome
Visits with new families - either in person or virtually - it helps them practice english and feel welcome in our city
Join us! Offer your particular skills and interests! Assist with transportation, visit a new family, offer furniture and household items.
Our Core Committee meets through Zoom monthly and anyone is welcome anytime! Our congregation has a key contact Marla Mulloy 403-617-6494