Refugee Initiative

"I was a stranger and you welcomed me in"
- Jesus

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.

Our Refugee Family

 A December Update on Our Sponsored Family


A wonderful summer was enjoyed by Mehsen, Hanaa and the kids. It was a pleasant surprise to the family how hot the summer was in Canada. Mehsen compared it to their days back in Syria. The summer was filled with outings to the park, barbeques, Niagara Falls, and the older two kids, Israa and Rashed, enjoying several summer camps.


Beautiful Israa has become so comfortable with the English language. She is back at school and now has many friends to play with. It is wonderful getting phone calls from her encouraging a visit or just to say she misses you. Rashed has suddenly become so outspoken, and a big part of that is due to his confidence speaking English. He has so many wonderful stories to share. Rashed has also built up a great group of friends at school.


The following is just one of the many quaint stories shared by one of our volunteers during an outing with Abed and baby Jamal.


“After a recent visit to the family doctor with Hanaa and the two younger children, I found myself supervising the little boys while Hanaa filled a prescription at the Pharmacy. We sat on a bench in the lobby of the medical building watching the world go by. Abed, a curious 3½ year- old, noticed the big button for opening the exterior door.  


He gave it a smack and the door swung open. Jamal (1 ½) saw this as a possible escape route but his brother was quick to block his way. The door closed. Abed pressed the button again and the game continued with Abed skillfully blocking Jamal’s escape.  


Then a lady about to exit the building was delighted to see the door open. “Thank- you!” she said and was on her way. Abed smiled at me. Another person headed for the exit, and Abed rushed to open the door.  


Another “Thank-you!” Both boys looked at me and said “Thank-you” and I agreed that they were being good helpers and people were thanking them for opening the door for them. 


“Thank-you, thank-you” they both chanted. People leaving the building during that 20-30 minute wait were greeted by a smiling boy who ran to push the button for them. Abed, in return, was rewarded with a cheery “Thank-you”. 


Mehsen is very committed to his evening classes for ESL; he is busy babysitting the two little boys in the mornings, while Hanaa attends school for her English class. Mehsen also does the family grocery shopping for the week after the Friday afternoon prayer; he has become very comfortable walking around town as well as taking public transport back and forth to school. Google translate has become minimal with communication. Hanaa, who always wears a warm beautiful smile, has her hands full with her motherly duties and is also excelling at school. She too, has made many friends at school.


Our family is certainly doing well; they love living in Aurora. They have become comfortable with the area as well as all the friends they have made in the community.


Our deepest thanks to all members of the community, for your support of this lovely family. As well, thank you to the medical professionals, ESL volunteers, translators, teachers, drivers…the communal care is extraordinary. We are very grateful to the Aurora/Newmarket community for your prayers and loving support.

An interview with our Syrian Canadian Family

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 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 as our mission is to support another refugee family in the future.


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.

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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.

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