Dear Friends & Neighbours,
This holiday season, we hope we can count on your help to keep doing the work we do.
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 in Canada.
Our former resident Justine Nkurunziza knows all about what makes Carty House so special. This year, Justine received a Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Award for creating a Whatsapp group to help connect newcomers like her. She arrived in Canada as a protected person in 2016 after fleeing political violence in her native Burundi.
“When I came to seek asylum in Canada,” says Justine Nkurunziza, “I was welcomed in a small but nice hotel. But a hotel is a still a hotel! It is a lonely environment where you are left by yourself, with your dark memories all through the night.”
“There was no meal system, and I had never thought in my life that I could survive with a microwave! Three months in that hotel was too much!”
“Finally, I got a letter from my housing advisor and I was asked to move to a place called Carty House. I call it a home because for me it was a home. … A nice room for every woman, a nice living room where the women meet and chat, a well equipped kitchen, a piano, a TV, computers and printers! Just to name a few of the facilities. Other shelters do not compare to Carty House! It is not a shelter! It is a warm and welcoming home.”
We couldn’t do the work we do without the generous support of neighbours like you. Carty House relies on the financial and material contributions of our dedicated supporters to keep our operations going. This holiday season, help newcomer women achieve their full potential.
Your tax deductible donation will help us provide 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.
We hope we can count on your support to ensure women like Justine continue to receive the care they need to build a life 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