Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Program 

The Syrian Civil War has produced the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. United Neighbours is a grassroots community group that came together in the fall of 2015 in response to this crisis. With the support of St. Matthew’s United Church, the Regal Heights Residents Organization and key volunteers from other parts of the GTA (including some whom are former refugees themselves), we worked to raise well over $50,000 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family to come to Toronto.

In the spring of 2016, we found out that we'd been matched with the Alaalyan family, a Syrian family of 7, including 2 parents and 5 children (ages 11, 10, 6, 1 and 2 months). At the time, they were in Lebanon finalizing documentation. After much waiting and anticipation, the Alaalyan family arrived in Toronto in December 2016. For the first few months, they were set up in temporary housing, and in the spring of 2017, the United Neighbours worked with the Alaalyans to secure more long-term housing. They continue to adjust well to life in Canada and build meaningful connections. 

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