The Angela Rose House is one step on the long, challenging journey for refugees escaping danger in their homelands and relocating in Canada. But, the hospitality, the warm spirit and the assistance our residents experience stays with them after they find their own rental units.
We can all be uplifted by their stories of courage and determination!
ANGELA ROSE REFUGEE SHELTER IN WINDSOR
Owned and Managed by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) of the Windsor, Ontario Mission Centre, the Angela Rose House offers transitional housing for newly arriving refugee claimants. The house and property for this shelter were generously donated to the Sisters of the Holy Names by the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union in 2007.
The Angela Rose House continues the life mission of two women born 350 years apart, by bringing together their dreams and mission to provide a ‘hand up’ to the poor and disadvantaged of the people of their time.
This three-storey house welcomes newly arrived refugee claimants (also known as asylum seekers) with no friends or family in the area and those who have insufficient funds left to pay for a motel room and to find a rental unit. It makes real today the lives of St. Angela Merici, the Foundress of the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union, and Sister Marie Rose Durocher, the Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names, two compassionate and devoted women.
It is a “home” where newcomer refugee claimants will find hope for tomorrow, a haven after their travels, peace after turmoil, and help to settle in our society.
Sources of Funding
Newly arrived asylum seekers are not charged for room and board prior to filing their application for social assistance. When they receive their first social assistance cheque, the SNJM Refugee Community Fund receives the rent portion of their allowance that reflects low income housing rates.
From the opening of Angela Rose House in March 2008 until her retirement in April 2015, a Sister of the Holy Names, Sr. Diane Latremouille, was the full-time Coordinator of Angela Rose House. She generously provided this voluntary service.
Services to Residents
- Assisting new residents to apply for Ontario Social Assistance for financial support for rent and living allowance as well as accompanying benefits such as prescription cards.
- Providing a practical knowledge of laws, regulations, services available in their new country, protection measures, i.e. fire prevention and the use of 911 – measures for living within their income, etc.
- Providing orientation to their new city, i.e. bus systems, family physicians taking new patients, Community Legal Clinics, Walk-in Medical Clinics, Windsor Regional Crisis Center for mental health crises such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.
- Making referrals for adult residents for English as a Second Language Education programs, resume services and employment programs.
- Assisting with applications for assessment of their previous employment and education/training certification, applications for employment training and employment.
- Assisting with applications for work permits.
Other Impacts for Residents
After being well established in Windsor and achieving independence, some former residents return to Angela Rose House to volunteer their time or to help out new residents with emotional support and direct assistance. Sometimes residents develop supportive relationships with other residents who continue after they have moved out.
The March 2008 Open House for the newly prepared Angela Rose House Shelter for Refugee Claimants
Left: Sisters on the left – Sr. Diane Latremouille, snjm and Sr. Helen Petrimoulx, snjm – The two Sisters of the Holy Names who initiated this transitional housing project Angela Rose House. Sisters on the right – Sr. Theresa Mahoney, OSU and Sr. Eleanor Gleason, OSU – Members of the Administration of the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union who donated one of their houses to the Sisters of the Holy Names to be used as a refugee shelter for newly arriving refugee claimants.
Left: Sr. Diane Latromouille admiring the artwork of a three-year old child staying at the Angela Rose House.