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

 

ANNE WOOLGER
Founding Director
anne@matthewhouse.ca

Carolyn Madonia
Interim Executive Director
carolyn@matthewhouse.ca

 

Board Members

 

DEBORAH E. TROUTEN
Board Chair

EMILY PANG
Board Secretary

 
 

SIMON MEREDITH
Board Treasurer

ULF BERGNER

 
 

PAUL BURNS

JO VOS

 
 
 

TARA TALBOT

DR. POLE POLE PAULIN RUKIKO

ENE UNDERWOOD

MARTA CECILIA PINEDA QUIROZ