February 2018 E-Newsletter
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Helping newcomers cope with trauma

Dear Friend of CCI,

Imagine fleeing your home. You leave behind everything you own. All you have are the clothes on your back and a small bag. Your children are scared. Your partner is worried. Together, you embark on a perilous journey that has no end destination.

It can take several years but the journey eventually ends when Canada accepts you as refugees. With the help of Catholic Centre for Immigrants, you start to rebuild your lives. You have a home. Your children are in school. You’re connecting with the community.

The trauma, though, is still there. Nightmares wake you up in the middle of the night. A plane overhead reminds you of the bombs dropped on your city. The trauma you are dealing with impacts your everyday life.

But there is help. We offer counselling services. Last year, we helped 90 newcomers who were struggling with mental health issues. We know there are many children and young people who need our services as well. Last year, we had wait times up to two months. With your help, we can lessen the wait time. 

Please make a donation today to help us provide counselling services to more newcomers.

When you give today, they will give back tomorrow.

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director
Thank you, NHL Enterprises!

Learning to skate is a great way for many newcomer youth to make friends and learn to love winter. But learning to skate isn’t easy when you have to share skates with your mates.

Nayelli, far left, and her younger sister Megan, arrived from Mexico late last fall. They are staying at Reception House, a safe and warm first home for refugees arriving in Ottawa. They signed up for our skating program at the Rink of Dreams at City Hall. Although the two young girls had never been on skates before, they were able to make their way around the ice on the very first night.

Thanks to a generous donation by NHL Enterprises, we now ensure that when all of our newcomers take to the ice, they don't have to share skates. NHL Enterprises donated $15,000 worth of Canadian Tire and Sport Chek gift cards. We used some of those gift cards to purchase skates in a variety of sizes for boys and girls.

Thanks to former NHL players Kris King, far right, and Shane Doan, who visited our offices with NHL Enterprises to make the donation.

You can help newcomer youth today by making a donation.
Busting a refugee myth

There are many myths about refugees and immigrants. It's time to start busting them one at a time.

Myth: Refugees are going to take our jobs at a time when some Canadians are unemployed and underemployed.

Fact: Refugees contribute positively to the Canadian economy. Many of them possess an entrepreneurial spirit, the kind of spirit that would be required to fling yourself and your family halfway across the world in search of safety. They start businesses that provide jobs for themselves and for other Canadians.

Read about more myths that need busting.

Honour a loved one with a Tribute Gift

Are you looking for that perfect birthday gift for that special someone? Do you want to mark a special occasion such as a graduation? You can do that and help newcomers realize their full potential in your community. 
Best of all, it's easy to do. Simply click on this donation link. Fill out all the pertinent information and then select Dedicate Your Donation. You can make a donation in memory of a family member or loved one and mark that special occasion.

You can send an e-card, too. There are e-cards for every occasion: birthdays, graduations, a recent birth or just to let someone know you are thinking of them. The best part is you're helping someone in need at the same time.

Make a Tribute Gift today!
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Catholic Centre for Immigrants

219 Argyle Ave. Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4

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