SHELTER AND SUPPORT SERVICES
When refugees arrive with little more than a small bag, Matthew House empowers them with the ability to take care of themselves. Our primary goal is to restore dignity by providing shelter in the form of a warm, welcoming home-like setting.
Settlement and Newcomer Programs
Matthew House provides emotional and physical support to help residents heal from their journey and establish new lives in Canada. To ease the transition, we offer orientation to Toronto such as establishing bank accounts and enrolling in school.
Refugee Hearing Program
Matthew House developed a leading-edge program to assist refugee claimants with preparation for their refugee hearing. We aid those who participate with practical experience, emotional preparedness, and constructive feedback. Click here to learn more.
Child and Youth Services
Matthew House is continuously expanding our youth program to include houses geared for refugee youth, with live-in house parents, to provide long-term support. We aim to support and mentor youth through the entire settlement journey, and set them up to live successfully on their own.
We are a community of four homes across the City of Toronto. We have one reception house and three long-term transition homes where vulnerable residents stay to receive long-term support.
Dundas Street West
Dundas Street is Matthew House’s initial intake shelter, providing a welcoming home for approximately 80 newly arrived refugee claimants each year.
Shirley Street & St. Clarens Avenue
Shirley & St. Clarens housing is the first of its kind to provide long-term refugee youth housing in family like settings, living independently while in a communal setting.
Greensides Ave. house is divided into separate apartments, allowing residents to have the independence of living alone, while still enjoying the support of the Matthew House community.