The holiday season is upon us! Time to come together with our families, friends and communities. Time to count our blessings and rejoice in the fact that we live in a safe, secure city where opportunities abound. You need only listen to the news to be reminded of how lucky we are.
The same cannot be said for the nearly 66 million people worldwide who’ve been forcibly displaced due to conflict, hunger, gender-based violence, domestic abuse, political persecution and climate change.
It’s hard to imagine how one might even begin to make a difference. It can be even harder to see that difference. Unless, of course, you look closer to home.
Did you know a small fraction of those displaced people – women, in fact, who can be especially vulnerable – have decided to rebuild their lives right here in your neighbourhood?
Carty House is a transition home in Sandy Hill for female refugee claimants and convention refugees. We offer a safe place to live and a myriad of support services to residents as they move through the refugee system and build the resources necessary to live integrated and independent lives.
Claudette Nwana is a prime example. Facing forced marriage and female circumcision in Cameroon, she fled to Canada in 2014. She learned about Carty House at an Ottawa women’s shelter where she shared a single room with three other women. By March 2015, a bed had become available at Carty House.
“When I asked if the room was for me alone and I was told yes, I fell on the bed and was thanking them. It was like a dream to me,” the former resident told donors at last fall’s Carty House Gala. “My time there was so peaceful. Carty House helped me focus and concentrate on what I wanted to become.”
Claudette has since had her Cameroonian bachelor degree in sociology and anthropology recognized in Canada. Today she lives independently and is working as a community support worker. She looks forward to starting a master’s degree in social work next year.
“None of this would be possible without the support I received at Carty House,” she says.
We certainly couldn’t do the work we do without the generous support of neighbours like you. Carty House does not receive government funding. We rely on the financial and material contributions of our dedicated supporters. This holiday season, help newcomer women achieve their full potential.
Your tax deductible donation of $50, $75, $100 or $150 will be put to good use providing refugee women with a clean and comfortable place to live for up to 16 months, as well as language tutoring, employment assistance, education and counselling referrals and help transitioning to permanent housing. Or, consider supporting the women of Carty House all year long with a monthly donation of $10, $15 or $20.
We hope we can count on your support to ensure women like Claudette continue to receive the care they need to start fresh in Canada.
From all of us here at Carty House, we wish you and your family a joyous holiday season!
Carty House staff and volunteers