Refugees and Newcomers

Site: Bruce and Grey Counties

Service: Local Groups and Committees

Description (Service) This listing presents the groups and committees formed to support refugees and newcomers in Bruce and Grey counties. To make changes to one of the groups, choose "Suggest an Update" at the top of this listing. To add a new group Click Here 
Hanover and Area Refugee Committee 
Group of community members in the Hanover area sponsoring two refugee families through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR). The sponsorship process is being facilitated by the Mennonite Central Committee. For more information visit their Facebook page at or email 
Kincardine Refugee Sponsorship Committee 
Committee formed by the Knox Presbyterian Church, Kincardine Islamic Centre and other area churches to raise money to bring 2 refugee families to the area. To donate, make cheques payable to: Knox Presbyterian Church, Attention: Refugee Fund and mail to 345 Durham St, Kincardine, ON, N2Z 1Y6. For more information call 519-396-2311, email at  
Meaford Refugee Welcome Group 
Group will be supporting a Syrian family of 6 for 12 months and is accepting volunteers and donations. For more information visit 
Northern Bruce Peninsula Refugee Group 
Group of area residents collecting donations to bring a Syrian Refugee family to the area. Anyone interested in contributing or donating can contact Elizabeth Thorn at, or by calling 519-377-5166. Dameon Wall can be contacted regarding housing at 519-375-0465.  
Owen Sound and Community Refugee Initiative (OSCRI) / Grey Bruce Newcomers Network 
Initiative is a collection of approximately 15 faith groups, non-religious groups and community supporters responding to the global refugee crisis. Each group is coordinating their own specific committees to address the day to day needs of their refugee families. Initiative is being led by Rev Dana Benson at St Andrew's Church in Owen Sound. For more information visit their website or email  
Some of the groups involved with the initiative include:  
* Alliance Church Owen Sound Refugee Committee 
Currently sponsoring an Eritrean family of 4. For more information contact Murray and Donna Jansen at or  
* Christian Reformed Church Refugee Sponsorship Committee - Owen Sound 
Members of the First Christian Reformed Church, Owen Sound, formed a committee and are leading the church’s efforts to sponsor one, and possibly two, refugee families through World Renew For more information contact Tom or Wilma Bergstra at  
* Friends Around Georgian Bluffs - Georgian Bluffs & South Bruce Peninsula 
6 families from the area came together and formed this group and together raised enough funds to sponsor a Syrian Refugee family of 5 who will be relocating to Wiarton. For more information about the group and how you can help email 
* Friends in Faith Refugee Committee - Owen Sound 
Committee was formed by Ghzala Deloughery of Owen Sound Muslim Assoc, Michael Valpy of St George’s Anglican and Tom Rice of Georgian Shores United Church to sponsor a Syrian couple and their 4 children to come to Owen Sound. Anyone interested in donating to the initiative or otherwise helping them out can contact Deloughery at 519-387-1827 or e-mail her at  
* Lutheran Church of our Saviour - Owen Sound 
Sponsoring a Syrian family of 6. For more information contact Rev. Christie Morrow-Wolfe at or Don at  
* Side by Side - Owen Sound 
Group will be sponsoring Syrian Refugees. For more information contact David McLeish at  
* St Andrew's Refugee Committee - Owen Sound 
A group of people associated with the Presbyterian church in Owen Sound who are leading their congregation's local effort in sponsoring a family through the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC). The group is currently awaiting the arrival of a Eritrean family of 5. For more information contact Dick Hibma, 519-378-7272 or by email at or Doug Umbach at  
Saugeen Shores Refugee Fund 
Home in Port Elgin being used to sponsor a family of 13 and hope to be able to assist others. Donations needed to help with rent, food, clothing, furniture, and other necessities. For more information 
Donations & Volunteers  
Beaver Valley Open Door Group 
Groups of concerned area residents with a common desire to reach out to Refugees in crisis from around the world. Looking for volunteers. For more info contact Adrienne Corti at 519-599-6170 or email or visit website at 
Bruce Grey United Fund to Support Newcomers 
Bruce Power and United Way of Bruce Grey have teamed up to create a fund to support the expected influx of refugees and newcomers to the regions. The fund is to support Bruce Grey welcoming initiatives for newcomers both to the community and those new to Canada. The fund is not for sponsorship's or direct support of refugees but to support the work of the various community committees that are providing front line support of newcomers and refugees. Financial donations can be made at or for more information contact the United Way of Bruce Grey by phone 519-376-1560; 1-800-794-1728 or in person at 380 9th St E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 1P1 Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm  
Canadian Red Cross 
All branches of The Canadian Red Cross throughout Canada are accepting monetary donations to aid in the relocation of Syrian Refugees into Canada. Please note they are only accepting financial donations (no items). For more information and to make a financial donation online visit  
Errinrung Retirement Residence - Thornbury, 67 Bruce St 
Set up as a clothing donation drop off throughout January for new and gently used clothing. Items will be sent to Toronto for distribution to the refugees and other needed families. Can drop off anytime or call at 519-599-2737.
Service Details
Areas Served Bruce County ; Grey County
Eligibility Not Applicable
Application Not Applicable
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Grey County
Physical Access Not Applicable

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