Supporting Syrian Settlement – New Circles is Ready to #WelcomeRefugees

In response to the humanitarian crisis, New Circles has opened its doors to welcome Syrian refugees arriving in the City of Toronto. Working with Lifeline Syria and other partner agencies, we have made a commitment to provide free clothing to the refugees for up to two years.  Not only will families receive quality clothing, they can also access social programs, language tutoring and training opportunities offered at no cost by New Circles.

Clothing, along with food and housing, is a basic necessity.  “With so many initiatives taking place across the city, we are in a unique position to provide extended support to help families meet this particular need.  We have lots of capacity to sort and distribute clothing, a great team of volunteers and a wide network of clothing donors and agency partners.”  says Alykhan Suleman, Executive Director.

“We also look forward to assisting private groups who are sponsoring families.  Rather than trying to individually size and source clothing for each family member, we invite them to refer their families to us so that we can assist them through our service.”

Press coverage – Alykhan Suleman, Executive Director,  speaks to CBC News Toronto – see article>

Information for Agencies and Sponsoring Groups

New Circles is now accepting referrals of Syrian refugee families arriving in Toronto. In response to this humanitarian crisis, we are offering Syrian families living outside of our catchment area access to our clothing service twice a year for two years, in addition to our other programs. Those living inside our catchment area can register

To make a referral please send a Referral Form to Jacqueline Pakus, Client Services Coordinator at jacqueline@newcircles.ca or call our office.

A New Circles representative will contact the client family within 2 business days to book an appointment. Agencies can also book group appointments for multiple families to visit at the same time.

In addition to accepting referrals from agencies across the City of Toronto, New Circles is partnering with Lifeline Syria to receive referrals of Syrian families arriving through the sponsorship process.  Private sponsorships through other channels are also welcome to contact our office.

Get Involved!

We need your help!  With your support, we can ensure that newcomer families get warm clothing and a warm welcome.  Here’s what you can do:


  • Collect and donate good quality, gently worn warm clothing
  • Volunteer to help sort and distribute clothing in the New Year
  • Make a financial contribution. With a gift of $50, we can provide an adult with adequate clothing for one year. Donate now >

New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.