Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Ward 13

As Canada prepares to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees, many residents have contacted me to ask how they can help support resettlement efforts.

Here in our ward, a number of local churches, schools and groups of neighbours are fundraising and directly sponsoring refugees. These families will have urgent need for clothing, furniture and housewares. If you are part of a local group sponsoring a refugee and would like to have your organization added to our list, please send details to Councillor_Doucette@toronto.ca or call our office at (416) 392-4072.

Runnymede Community Church

Sponsoring a family and seeking financial contributions, donated materials, acclimatization support.

Contact Church Administrator Linda Ruth Ciglen: 416-767-1401

Runnymede United Church

Sponsoring a family and seeking financial contributions, donated materials, acclimatization support.

Contact Office Administrator Alison Gadsby: 416-767-6729

Windermere United Church (West End Refugee Partnership)

Sponsoring a family in partnership with Roncesvalles, Western and Central United Churches, seeking financial contributions.

Contact Martin Boyd, martinboyd@gmail.com, 416-763-5821

Donate online: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/windermere-united-church

Humbercrest Public School

Ongoing coat drive. Drop off new or used winter coats to the school (14 Saint Marks Road) during school hours.

Phone 416-394-2370 for more information. 


Hope and Shelter Families

Two families from Swansea are sponsoring a family of refugees and are seeking financial donations, volunteer hours and donations of housewares and funriture.
More information at www.hopeandshelter.com or hopeandshelter001@gmail.com


Furniture Donations

Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank provides gently-used household furnishings to individuals and families in need. For a small fee that helps to cover the pickup costs, Furniture Bank will come to your home and remove furniture and other household items that you no longer need. The charity has partnered with Lifeline Syria to help newcomer and refugee families address their immediate furniture needs. Schedule a furniture pick-up, online or call 416-934-1229, ext. 2.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores

All Salvation Army Thrift Stores gladly accept donations daily during store hours. Donors can drop off their gently-used clothing, shoes, used electronics, and a wide assortment of everyday household items directly in-store. After hours donations can be dropped at the donation centre offered by some Thrift Store locations. Their website includes details on where you can donate and a complete list of what they can and cannot accept. To arrange a donation pick-up, please call their toll-free donation line at 1-888-333-1229. There is a Salvation Army Thrift Store at 1219 Bloor St West, just east of Lansdowne Ave.

Other local and national organisations assisting refugees

Romero House

For decades, Romero House has provided transitional housing support for refugees in Toronto’s West End. For more information on Romero House programs and resources, visit: www.romerohouse.org

Lifeline Syria

A Toronto-based organization, Lifeline Syria will recruit, train and assist sponsor groups to welcome and support Syrian refugees coming to Canada to resettle in the GTA. To find out more or make a contribution: www.lifelinesyria.ca

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has an ongoing appeal to assist Syrian refugees and are a member of Toronto’s Inter-Agency Task Force. Find out more at www.salvationarmy.ca

Until December 31, 2015, the Government of Canada will be matching donations made to registered Canadian charities with an equivalent contribution to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

Further Information

Find out about the City's Refugee Resettlement Program at the new, dedicated website from the Toronto Newcomer Office.

The Government of Ontario has a website on provincial resettlement efforts that includes resources on volunteering and making donations.

For more information on Canada’s refugee resettlement efforts or to find out how you can help sponsor a refugee family, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.