The Community Refugee Fund was founded by Sr. Helen Petrimoulx snjm who, as the Refugee Specialist for the Diocese of London Office in Windsor, ON for Refugee Claimants, saw the critical need for a Fund for the needs of economically disadvantaged refugee claimants. She retired from this position in June 2012 and continues to head the fundraising for the Community Refugee Fund.

The Community Refugee Fund is available for economically disadvantaged persons in the refugee claimant stream until their establishment and financial independence in Canada.

The Fund is procured entirely from fundraising efforts of a dedicated committee of volunteers – and we look forward to receiving your support via this website.

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  • Letter From A Former Resident of Angela Rose House to Sr. Diane Latremouille

    You are a blessing from God. When no one was around me and all I could see was darkness, you were there. I don’t know how to express my sincere thanks for all you have been to me and continue to be in my successful life in Canada and more so in this new Journey to Permanent Residency. I will never forget the 4th of February 2010 when you welcomed me to Angela Rose House. At that time my life was a misery as I had no hope.

  • My life as a Refugee in Canada

    I arrived to Canada on a cold night of February 2007. The country was so foreign to me, but I was so excited to be in a peaceful and safe environment. It only took me minutes to lose my excitement when I couldn’t interchange one word with the immigration officer at the airport I arrived because I did not know English at all. I became so sad as I could already sense that what lied ahead of me was not easy.

  • Clairefise D.

    My name is Clairefise. I came to Canada in 2007 and applied for refugee status with the help of a lawyer. Eventually, my application was denied. In 2009, the people at Matthew House (a shelter where I first stayed when I arrived in Windsor) referred me to the Windsor Refugee Office for assistance preparing an application for Permanent Residence based on Humanitarian and Compassionate considerations. At the Refugee Office, I found my precious persons; Helen, Claire and Bruce. They welcomed me, they were fighting for me, and they made me feel like I was their own blood. They helped me with my H& C application and they always were thinking of me and my children. The Refugee fund helped me by buying furniture and other things we needed for our home. They provided clothes for the kids and every year, provided presents for my children so that we could have a happy Christmas.

The Community Refugee Fund is currently held 'In Trust' by the Sisters of the Holy Names in Windsor, Ontario.