United to help Syrian refugees, we’d love it if you’d help

The more you help, the more refugee families we can assist.

If you'd like to write a cheque, please make it payable to any of the churches listed below and write "Donation for United to Help Syrians" in the memo line. Place your gift in the offering plate or mail it to the church of your choice.

Trinity United


100 Main Street West
Grimsby, ON L3M 1R7
Contact: Larry Kent

905 945-2249

St. John’s Presbyterian


10 Mountain Street
Grimsby, ON L3M 3J6
Contact: Derek Maggs

905 945-5352

Fifty United


1455 Highway 8
Winona, ON L8E 5K9
Contact: John VanDuzer

905 643-1317

Smithville United


117 West Street, Box 58
Smithville, ON L0R 2A0
Contact: Tom Suhadolc

905 957-3176

Wesley United


651 Highway 8
Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5J7
Contact: Phil Harrison

905 643-3226

Get the latest news on our local response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Maximizing your gift

Because we’re all volunteers and because we don’t have any overhead costs, every dollar we raise goes to help the refugees.

100% tax deductible

Donate online or donate through one of the churches united to help; either way you will get a tax receipt for the full amount.

Time and talent are needed, too

This isn’t a cash grab, it’s a real effort to create community for those who have been forced to flee their home.

What if…

If we raise more than $27,000 it will go to support this or maybe another Syrian family.

I have something to donate

Because it may take a year before the family comes to Canada, we ask that any donations be given to the Grimsby Benevolent Fund.

We’re social

Becky Goulet, has a mom’s group on Facebook you can join if you’re a mom: https://www.facebook.com/groups/115030245534575/

Everything you need to know

Read all about it



To learn of our great beginnings and to learn who’s steering the ship, click here



What little we can tell you about the family we’re sponsoring we will tell if you click here


1 Chronicles

So far, so good. Learn what’s happened so far by clicking here



The people, the costs it’s all here at the click of a button



Click here to act on your desire to help



Click here to see what's been revealed to us so far

YOU CAN SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!! Our family just received word that they have been approved to come to Canada. It won't be long now; they'll be here mid-late May, 2017.

Pray for those displaced within Syria

About 10.6 million people—more than half of Syria’s pre-war population—have been forced to flee their homes. Access to food, medication, and other basic provisions are limited, and threats of violence are ongoing. Today, please pray for God’s provision to meet these basic needs, so that no one else is forced to flee.

To assist you, we found this inspiring prayer written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here.

Pray for God’s provision for refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region

The vast majority of refugees who have fled Syria—more than 3.9 million—are living within these neighboring countries, many of which are also home to refugees from other regional conflicts. With cuts to intergovernmental food aid, conditions are very dire, and many are considering dangerous journeys beyond the region. Pray especially for vulnerable children, who make up nearly half of the refugees in some countries, and women, who are at risk of gender-based violence.

Rev. Brian Donst (Fifty United Church, Winona) prepared this prayer especially for today.
Click here.

Pray for those seeking refuge in Europe

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians—in addition to those fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and other countries—are arriving and requesting asylum in Europe. Pray that God would spare the lives of those attempting treacherous journeys over water or land to reach safety. Pray that those arriving would experience welcome from the people of the various European countries where they arrive.

Denise Koenig of World Vision wrote a prayer that’s ideal for today. Click here.

Pray for refugees being resettled within Canada

Canada has said it will welcome 25,000 refugees by March, 2017. All of the 25,000 Syrians coming to Canada have already been designated by UNHCR. With few exceptions, Canada is only accepting women, children and the most vulnerable (complete families, threatened women and LGBT people)

Pray for coordinated efforts between local churches, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities such that refugees from Syria and beyond would be welcomed and integrated into the fabric of Canada

To assist you, Rev. Gary Patterson (Smithville United Church, Smithville) wrote today’s prayer. Click here.

Pray for local churches in each of these regions, that our collective response would be reflective of Jesus

The local church stands at the frontline of assistance to refugees in each of these regions—in the Middle East, in Europe, and beyond—in partnership with World Relief and other partners. Pray that—in every location—the response of followers of Jesus to these refugees would be characterized by hospitality, compassion, and love, consistent with the commands of Scripture, recognizing the arrival of these migrants as an opportunity to extend Christ’s love, not a threat to be feared. Pray that their interactions with Christians outside of their own country would be both an encouragement to the many fleeing who are already followers of Jesus—and thus often uniquely targeted for persecution — and a winsome witness to those who do not yet know Jesus.

Click here for prayers including one written by Phillip Harrison a member of Trinity United, Grimsby.

Pray for governmental leaders in each of these regions, that God would grant them wisdom to respond with justice and compassion

Governments in each of these host countries are making crucial decisions that will impact whether refugees find safety and welcome in their respective countries or are excluded. Governments and intergovernmental agencies also provide much of the crucial relief supplies for those displaced throughout the Middle East, but funding recently has been far from sufficient to meet the need, forcing more individuals to flee beyond the region.

Pray particularly for Prime Minister Trudeau and members of Parliament as they make decisions that will impact how many refugees may be admitted into Canada.

Click here to read a prayer for today written by Jessica Ferroni, Christian Education Director
 (St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Grimsby)

Pray for a peaceful end to the conflicts at the root of this refugee crisis

The only sustainable solution to this crisis is a peaceful Syria. Pray for peacemakers who will wage peace in this troubled country. Pray for wisdom for governmental leaders who face decisions about how to respond to these conflicts.

Written by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Right Reverend Stephen Platten of The Church of England wrote this wonderful prayer calling for peace in Syria. Click here.

We need your prayers.

We’ve invited people from each of our area churches to contribute prayers for each day of the week.

Please use them as an inspiration for your own prayer life.

We welcome your contributions, too: email.



As long as you agree to play nice, please feel free to download and share the following resources:


United to Help Syrians Logo_Colour

Click to Download


United to Help Syrians Logo_Black+White

Click to Download


United to Help Syrians Poster

Click to Download


United to Help Syrians Powerpoint Graphic

Click to Download

Get the latest news on Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis.


Your message will be answered by one of our dedicated volunteers

Write your message here