Together Project

We work with our partners to host community programs.

Illustration: Emilie Muszczak


Together Project is currently delivering ourĀ Welcome Groups for Refugee Claimants one-year pilot program, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We are working with groups of five or more volunteers in the Greater Toronto Area who are matched with a refugee claimant youth (ages 18-28), single parent household, or families for six months of social support. To foster social connections, Together Project is working with refugee claimants to establish newcomer-defined priorities for the match that help create a common purpose and shared goals as an underpinning for social connection. The success of the matches is being measured based on a newcomer-defined perception of an increase in social connection and a decrease in social isolation. Volunteers receive training and support throughout the match. Please refer to our volunteer training manual and refugee claimant resource listing here. A special thanks to the agencies that have referred refugee claimants to the program: The Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital and COSTI Immigrant Services. Please email to learn more.

Photo: Sarah Bodri


We would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for providing invaluable support for our Urban Nature Access Pass Program for Refugee Newcomers. Activities in 2020 will include a winter, spring, summer and fall nature-focused event to introduce refugee newcomers to Toronto’s parks and green spaces. The purpose of these events is to encourage newcomer households to explore local and city-wide destination parks, to engage in environmental stewardship activities, and to connect with volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for our upcoming 2020 events, please email us at

Photo: Together Project

The Ritz-Carlton
Succeed Through Service Newcomer Hospitality Program - Summer 2019

In partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, Together Project was pleased to host The Ritz-Carlton Succeed Through Service Newcomer Hospitality Program 2019 for refugee newcomers. Through the generous support of the Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints team, this program provided an introduction to the hospitality industry for 25 refugee newcomers and helpedĀ  increase their readiness for employment in the hospitality sector. Classes met at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto on Monday evenings for six consecutive weeks beginning on July 15th and ending on August 26th . For more information, please email Together Project Co-Director, Anna Hill, at

Learn more in our Blog Post.

Photo: YMCA Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program

YMCA Newcomer Youth
Development Program

The YMCA Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) program, in partnership with the Together Project, has launched a program for refugee youth aged 12-19 in the Thorncliffe community. This strength-based program offers youth the opportunity to meet new friends, practice their English, build their leadership skills and get involved in their new community.