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Carty House

A first home and helping hand
for refugee women in Ottawa.

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Carty House

Carty House is a communal residence in Ottawa that provides transitional housing for female refugee claimants and convention refugees. Carty House offers safety, accommodation and support to its residents as they move through the refugee system and build the resources necessary to live integrated and independent lives in Canadian society. During their stay residents are provided with referrals to education, counseling, and other support services including language instruction, employment training, job search programs and cultural integration programs and activities. Carty House seeks to promote an environment of community living founded upon shared responsibility, respect for diversity and mutual support.

Carty House is an independent non-profit entity established in 2001, and recognized as a charitable organization in 2009. Carty House operates at arm's length from the owner of its property, the Congregation of Notre Dame, Visitation Province. It is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors and the operation of the home and its services are managed by a team of Coordinators.

Carty House is sustained through private donations from groups and individuals.

From our Annual Appeal Letter

Dear Friend of Carty House,

We are approaching a very special time of year. A time to come together with our families, friends and communities to celebrate the festive season. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year that can leave our residents feeling ever more alone and isolated as they try to rebuild their lives far away from loved ones.

The women who arrive at Carty House have fled tough situations — civil upheaval, genderbased violence, domestic abuse and political persecution. For the last 14 years, more than 100 women from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Myanmar, Russia, Haiti, Ethiopia and Eritrea have found a safe first home at Carty House.

Melina is a perfect example. She escaped an abusive relationship in her native country with nothing more than a suitcase and some papers. It took great courage for her to leave everything behind, including her children.

But we can’t do it without your continued help and support! Carty House receives no government support and relies solely on your donations and the contributions of many dedicated volunteers. Wouldn’t you like to contribute to seeing Carty House continue this understated, yet effective presence in our community?

But thanks to people like you, Melina was able to find the assistance she needed to adjust to her new life in Canada, and to find the promise of a better future.


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Carty House
P.O. Box 4758 STN E
Ottawa ON K1S 5H9

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