RING to welcome refugee family at end of May

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Refugees in North Grenville (RING) will be welcoming their second refugee family to North Grenville at the end of May. On May 29, a couple with three young children from the Democratic Republic of Congo will land at the Ottawa airport, to start their new life in Kemptville.

RING Vice-Chair, Ken Gehrels, says they have already made contact with the school the children will attend, as well as with the medical community in Kemptville. They are hopeful that the couple will be able to find employment in the area, as he is trained in food services and she is a nurse/midwife. They both also speak English and French.

In what Ken calls a miracle, a home for the family has also been secured. Until recently, this seemed like a futile search, as rental properties in Kemptville are scarce, at best. Ken says he found himself up at night, worrying about it and praying that they would find appropriate lodgings for the family in time. “I heard a voice saying that the answer would come at the right time,” Ken says. “I also saw a woman with long blonde hair.”

A short time later, Ken learned about a woman who was wanting to rent her house. A spiritual woman herself, she was looking for her home to do good and be a positive influence in the community. “It wasn’t until later that I realized she had long blonde hair,” Ken says. “It was divine providence at work.”

As with the last family, RING, along with the federal government, will be supporting the family financially for the first year. They are now set to welcome the newcomers, as the house is almost fully furnished, with new beds being donated by the Norenburg family of Kemptville Interiors. “We are very grateful to them and all the other donors who have donated various items to make their transition a smooth one,” Ken says.

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