A Note From Anne

When Jim and I left Cole Harbour on Feb 27th to go to Florida and our car broke down 1 hour into our journey, we had to return to Halifax and our two month trip was delayed a whole day. At the time, we thought that was the worst thing that could happen to us. Little did we know what was in store for not only us, but everybody.

From the disbelief of COVID-19 to the tragic death of our good friend and great CHC supporter, Kathy Warren, and then to the horrific details of the last weekend it is hard to see any relief from the overwhelming grief that has overcome us.

I thought I would reach out to our Muslim friends and send them our thoughts and prayers during Ramadan. Yesterday I received a text from Israa and I thought I should share it with you.

Hi Anne, It’s been a year and we’re here. It has been the most beautiful year for me, and I am so happy that I got to know you and know people like you. I wish you all your life full of happiness and joy.

Ziad wrote:

All of us miss seeing everybody.

Even though we feel that the world has gone mad, it is the texts from the people that Cole Harbour Cares has helped that keeps us moving forward.

At the present time, Cole Harbour Cares may not be meeting but donations are still coming in from the pledges. There are half a dozen churches that still want to hear our story when the pandemic restrictions ease. We will get through this and we will continue to fund raise when the time is right.

In the meantime, hold the people in your “bubble” a little tighter

Till we meet again,

Anne

Cancellations

CANCELLATIONS: Please share!

* All activities, including the 9:30am and 10:30am services will be cancelled for the next 3 weeks. Check our social media accounts and website soon to hear a Sunday message (and possibly the opportunity to watch a service). We are currently looking into alternative methods.

* Church office remains open for phone calls Monday-Friday for all questions and pastoral requests. Please stay away from the building or call to make an appointment if you need to.

* Dinner theatre has been put on hold until the fall. The date in the fall has not yet been determined.
– Those who have already paid, keep a hold of your ticket as a voucher for first dibs on the fall show! If you would prefer a refund, that can be arranged as well by contacting the church.
– Lost track of your ticket? Not to worry, the dinner theatre crew has a complete list of everyone who has paid and been issued a ticket.

If you know of a church member who does not  have access to the internet or email, please reach out to them and share the church information. Thank you!

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Khaled’s Story

Update from Cole Harbour Cares

In 2007, years before civil war erupted in their homeland of Syria, Khaled and his wife, Nour, emigrated to Nova Scotia. Young, ambitious and hard working, they soon became part of our community. Nour worked as a medical lab technologist at the QEII hospital in Halifax while Khaled learned the restaurant business. 

By 2013, Khaled had bought Station 1, a restaurant in Dartmouth. Nour was now the working mother of two. Tragically, the Syrian civil war had begun. Many of Khaled’s friends and former co-workers, now Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, reached out to him pleading for help. Khaled and Nour approached the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) to ask if there was a refugee sponsorship group working in the Dartmouth area to help Nour’s family relocate to Nova Scotia.

Fortunately, Cole Harbour Cares (CHC), our refugee sponsorship group, with members from the congregations of Cole Harbour Woodside United Church, St. Andrews Anglican Church, Woodlawn United Church, along with community members from Dartmouth, was registered with ISANS. When CHC contacted Khaled to help sponsor his wife’s family, Khaled and Nour, with the help of friends at the lab dept of QEII hospital, had already sponsored Nour’s family from Turkey. However, Khaled told us he had a former co-worker, with a family of five, who were refugees living in Jordan, waiting for sponsors. CHC gladly sponsored this family, who years later still live, go to school and work in our area.

When this year long sponsorship was up, CHC prepared to disband but Khaled had another request. A friend, whose home and restaurant was destroyed in Syria, was now a refugee with a young family, living in Lebanon. Would we help them? CHC revitalized the group and agreed to sponsor this second family. With Khaled’s encouragement, and the dedication of CHC, this family of five is now thriving in Dartmouth. It is wonderful both of CHC’s families have stayed in Nova Scotia, learned English, and successfully found jobs.

Khaled didn’t stop there. During the years CHC was working with these two families, he approached other sponsorship groups to help more Syrians begin new lives in the safety and care of generous Nova Scotians. He, himself, also formed a group of 5 to sponsor Syrian friends. In the last few years, Khaled has selflessly helped more than 20 Syrian refugees settle in Nova Scotia. They have stayed and prospered, found jobs and put down roots in our communities. 

CHC has decided we would like to sponsor one more family. Khaled’s. Because of all the work and years of dedication Khaled has given to other refugees, we want to sponsor members of Khaled’s Syrian family. We need your help.

CHC cannot do this alone. We are asking other sponsorship groups, other churches and community members, to join us in making this dream come true. Khaled has done so much for Nova Scotia in helping sponsor groups bring Syrians here. Please join us in our efforts for his family. 

There are five members of Khaled’s family we wish to sponsor: two nephews who are 22 and 27 years old and his 31-year-old niece, her husband and child. The fundraising requirement to sponsor Khaled’s family is $16,000 for each single male and $23,000 for the young family.

Working together we can help provide these young family members with a bright future in the warmth and safety of Nova Scotia.