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Cummer Avenue United Church, along with a group of churches in North York, participates in refugee sponsorships as part of Don Valley Refugee Resttlers (DVRR). These refugees come to Canada to escape danger and persecution in their home countries. This work is done through agreements which are held between the government of Canada and the United Church of Canada (UCC) or the Anglican-United Refugee Alliance (AURA).

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Since 1994, DVRR has sponsored and resettled over 90 people in Toronto and area. There have been many different countries of origin from which these new arrivals have come: 27 from Afghanistan, 22 from Somalia, 10 from Eritrea and 8 from Syria. Others have come from Croatia, Colombia, and Iraq.


DVRR is comprised of representatives from the following churches: Cummer Avenue United Church, Lansing United Church, St. George on Yonge Anglican Church, St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican Church. Willowdale-Emmanuel United Church. Support is also received from the Taiwanese United Church and Iona Presbyterian Church.

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