Our Stories

The Community Refugee Fund proudly shares the following testimonials as a way to help you to connect personally with our work. While each letter is individual, together they portray a collective sense of hope, inspiration and collaboration.


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

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. Read More

My life as a Refugee in Canada

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. Read More

Clairefise D.

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. Read More

Betty

Betty

I was able to escape my country and came to Toronto, Canada in October 2010. In August 2012, I was accepted as a Protected Person in Canada. Though everybody kept saying it was a good thing that I was accepted, I was still very confused and lost. All I remember was feeling that I still did not belong. One day, a friend advised that it might be better to move to a smaller city where it will be easier for me to feel okay rather than the big city of Toronto. I wanted to start learning the culture of Canada. I decided to move to Windsor where I started to attend English class immediately. There I met many wonderful people including my teacher who was so kind. She knew I was struggling and she connected me with the Refugee Ministry. Read More



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