Refugee Initiative


Our refugee Family

An Interview with our Newcomer Family

Having been in Canada for 9 months, we sat down with the Alrashdans to learn more about their experiences in coming to Canada and settling in to their new home. The questions were asked by community, as well as committee members.

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Refugee Resettlement - How We're Structured


The Interfaith Refugee Resettlers are made up of members of Trinity Anglican, Aurora United and the local Muslim community who have come together to sponsor a refugee family. We are being helped by the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA), a not-for-profit agency for refugee resettlement.


Aurora’s interfaith team is responsible for securing funding for a family for a year, including accommodation, food, clothing, ESL training and resources to help the family transition to life in Canada.

What to Help?

All donations are given directly to refugee resettlement in Aurora through Trinity, in partnership with AURA – a Canadian charitable organization assisting in the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees.

Welcoming Syrian Families to Canada

Canada has now welcomed 26,188 Syrian refugees to our country as part of the #WelcomeRefugees initiative, with an additional 2,300 refugees awaiting transport. Working with partners in Canada – and around the world – the government has undertaken an unprecedented effort to help thousands of Syrian refugees find a new home. The Canadian government is working with international partners, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration, to help those who have been forced to flee their homes. In provinces and territories across the country, the steadfast support of resettlement organizations, service providers, and private sponsorship groups is essential to this initiative. We join the 260 communities across Canada who have welcomed or are preparing to welcome Syrian refugees.

Community Outreach – How to Help

We are expecting a second family in the next few weeks! We are looking for temporary housing for the family that is in the areas. There will be one couple with a baby expected in the next two months, a mother and her two daughters. We will be working to find them long term housing once they arrive in the area. We are also seeking the following items: gently used smartphones to provide to the family members; two queen beds, two single beds; dining table and chairs; living room furniture. While we can not pick up items until housing has been secured, we would be happy to view anything you may feel would be of good quality for long-term use of this family. Please contact us at and we will be happy to connect with you.

We have had an extraordinary response from our community in each faith group however we welcome any support that you may have to offer. If you are interested in donating clothing, please direct your donation to the Clothes Closet located at Trinity Anglican Church. We also welcome financial donations.


If you are able to donate, please contact us at and follow us for updates on Facebook at Interfaith Refugee Resettlers. Your financial donation is payable to the faith group of your choice with “Refugee Fund” noted on the cheque, at Interfaith Refugee Resettlers, c/o Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St. Aurora, ON L4G 1R3.

Thank you from the IRR

The Refugee Resettlers are extremely proud and grateful for the community’s financial commitment and donations of services and goods. Thank you so very much for your prayers and loving support!


The Interfaith Refugee Resettlers (IRR) is made up of members from Aurora United Church, the Newmarket Islamic Centre and Trinity Anglican Church (9 members total).  Our mission is to support at least one refugee family and hopefully more families in the future, in their journey to start a new life here in Canada.


We have been supported in our efforts by AURA, a charitable organization assisting in the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees.  AURA works on behalf of recognized refugees and with refugee sponsors to develop sponsorship applications; match cases with sponsors; assist with resettlement planning and sharing best practices.  Our team has now completed our training with AURA, prepared our sponsorship application and researched the practical needs of a family living their first year in Canada.