GTR Helping UKR Families
Ukrainian Sponsorship
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A Message from Rodney

Uniting for ukraine- u4u

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a 2 year period of parole.

People Helping People

Ukrainian refugees find familiar hospitality in Golden Triangle

In the span of 10 months, Krystyna and Maksym Samoilenko and their two sons, Mikhail and Denys, have been through a lifetime’s worth of heartache and loss.

It all started in the early morning hours on Feb. 24 roughly seven and a half miles outside of Kiev, Ukraine. The couple awoke to their house shaking as if they were experiencing an earthquake.



A Sponsor is a person who becomes a U.S based supporter who agrees to support the Ukrainian Beneficiary.

Finding a Ukrainian Family

  • The best way to connect with a family is with Facebook
    • Families post there information on a Facebook group
    • Supporters search the Facebook groups to find family
  • What about going through an organization?
    • They will connect you with a family
    • You will be mostly on your own for everything else

We can help you with this process.

Travel - Arrival

After the Family is granted permission to travel, we have some good advice on how to help them book their flights and what documents they will need to travel with.

Other Information - Resources

Uniting for Ukraine is not just a free pass to America

Be their friends

Allow them to make choices that are not forced on them

Goal is to work yourself out of a job

Bethany Christian Services

GUIDE TO U4u Application

Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support must be filled out by U.S. sponsors to show the U.S. government that you are able and willing to support a non-U.S. citizen financially during that person’s temporary stay in the United States. Uniting for Ukraine allows online filing of the I-134 form by a sponsor located in the United States, and there is no filing fee.

The DHS website says the application process will be “fairly quick” but doesn’t currently provide a timeline for completion. In May 2022, applications were reportedly approved within days.
Important Notes:

  • Ukrainians and their immediate family members requesting parole on their own behalf may not file Form I-134 as part of Uniting for Ukraine
  • The I-134 is not used to match prospective sponsors to beneficiaries
  • By creating an account on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Uniting for Ukraine website, sponsors can review the entirety of the online application before submitting the required information, including where and how to upload additional documents

How You Can Help!

  • Connect with us on Facebook to find out about events, needs, and potential sponsorship opportunities,
  • Contact us directly for information.
  • Give to Hope+Compassion  ( a 501c3 charity created  to aid international ministries)

First Annual Ukrainian Weekend Camp

Lake Forest Ranch

September 15-17, 2023

We are hosting the First Annual Ukrainian Weekend Camp to provide a place that cultivates friendship and healing from the adversity and effects of trauma caused by the war in Ukraine.