OUR MISSION:

To inspire hope, restore dignity, and empower independence for refugee claimants.

 

HERE'S HOW WE DO IT:

Compassion

With loving kindness we welcome the stranger regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or political opinion.

Collaboration

We foster cohesive networks between staff, volunteers, donors, and diverse partners in our local community.

Commitment

We strive for excellence and offer quality services that transform lives, using our resources in an effective manner.

Creativity

We aim to apply progressive thinking and innovative approaches to finding solutions for refugee claimants.

 
 
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FOUNDING STORY

Matthew House grew out of the vision of its founding director, Anne Woolger, who had a chance encounter with a refugee over 30 years ago. His heart-wrenching story of escaping persecution ended with his account of feeling painfully unwelcome upon arrival in Canada. His story so deeply moved her that she decided to begin volunteering with refugees to help them feel welcome.

She subsequently began work at a city-run homeless shelter in Toronto where her eyes were opened to the plight of refugee claimants seeking asylum in Canada. Recognizing the great shortage of caring shelters geared towards their unique settlement needs, Anne approached her denominational leaders and shared her vision of establishing a Christian-based reception home to provide a warm welcome for refugee claimants. 

Matthew House is a faith-based organization that is inspired and motivated by the life and teachings of Jesus.  We believe all people are worthy of dignity, honour, and respect.  We serve people of all faiths and advocate for the well-being of each individual.  

 
 

OUR TEAM

 
 
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ANNE WOOLGER
Founding Director
anne@matthewhouse.ca

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KAREN FRANCIS
Executive Director
karenfrancis@matthewhouse.ca

 
 
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HELTON ACHAYE
Immigration + Settlement Manager
helton@matthewhouse.ca

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HANI BASHIR
Settlement Worker

 
 
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ETHIOPIA GHEBREMEGHIN
Home Coordinator

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RUTH GAKUNGA
Settlement Counselor

 
 
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JENNIFER MOYER
Executive Assistant

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NATALIE ISBER
RHP Coordinator

 
 
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HAFTOM TEFERI
Comms + Development Assistant