"A vibrant community where the refugee new arrival truly feels at home."

Church partnership enables us to make our house their home.

Who We Are

Welcome Home Refugee House exists to provide short-term housing to refugee new arrivals from every ethnic and religious background.  Emotional and spiritual support is offered to newcomers that choose us as their residence.  We assist the refugee with settlement and seek to advocate on their behalf by engaging the community, especially the local churches.  Ultimately, our goal is to provide the support, connections and skills that will enable refugees to lead a healthy and productive life.

What We Do

Watch this short video to meet some of the people and hear about some of the ways we say, “Welcome Home!” to newly arrived refugees. You’ll meet Sharon Schmidt, our Director, Scott Cressman, a former staff member, and three refugees from Sudan and Ethiopia.

What’s New

It’s Time to Lead. Again. Always.  

Lend your voice to make a critical difference for Refugee Claimants – cuts to Legal Aid which will go into effect on Canada Day.  Read more…

Welcome a Refugee 

You can help WELCOME refugees to the Waterloo Region with the gift of a HOME.

$12.50 enables Welcome Home Refugee House to provide one day of

safe, caring shelter to a newly arrived refugee.

Donate NOW.