It’s Time to Lead. Again. Always.

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

This World Refugee Day, would you do ONE THING that would have a critical difference, even a life-saving difference for refugee claimants arriving in Canada?     Ontario’s Legal Aid is cutting the funds to help a refugee claimant pay a lawyer.  That means that within days of arriving, a refugee will have to file their claim with the government which determines if they stay or get deported, if their lives are protected or not. Surely the legal process should at least be done properly with lawyers helping a refugee make the best possible case for their claim.  Then  the decision...

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Welcome Home Mural Launch Party

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Mon, June 16 | 4 – 5 pm Come celebrate Welcome Home’s 10th Anniversary, World Refugee Day KW and the Launch of the Stories of New Beginnings Mural There will be a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and micro-tours of Welcome Home Come out rain or shine Where:  Welcome Home Refugee Housing Community, 260 King St. East, Kitchener

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Gloria Nafziger

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Introducing Gloria Nafziger Gloria has worked with refugees in Toronto since 1986. She was a founding co-director of Metro Toronto Host Program (now Culture Link) She worked as a Refugee Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Canada. She worked with CUSO in Mozambique from 1990-92 where she learned more about the conditions which produce refugees. She has been a Refugee Coordinator at Amnesty International Canada  since 1996. Her work currently involves campaigning and advocacy on behalf of refugees in Canada who face removal to countries where they are at risk of persecution. She...

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A Tutor? No, A Friend!

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Rachel Kuehnel is busy, studying at Wilfrid Laurier University, volunteering at four places, and heavily involved in a theatre company. Yet she finds time to volunteer at Welcome Home. When she comes, she spends time with Alem, a young woman from Ethiopia. They practice English together, talking about things that weren’t clear to Alem when she was in school that day. “At first, I expected it to be more of a teacher/student relationship, but it has become more of a friendship,” says Rachel. They talk about foods they enjoy, and differences in their cultures. Although it was hard to...

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