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October 2017 E-Newsletter
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The impact of your gift

I want to share with you a story of the impact you make in a newcomer's life when you support CCI.

Recently, Faduma, a lady from Somalia, asked for our help. When her brother and sister were killed in fighting between armed groups and the Somali government, she adopted their six children.

But when her family became a target, they fled. Faduma made it to Ottawa safely in 2016 as a refugee but her family never did. Faduma’s husband and six children ended up in Kenya. She desperately wanted to reunite her family but she didn’t have the money to pay the application fees.

This woman, her husband and children, have suffered unimaginable tragedy. They have been separated for almost two years. When she asked for help, we paid the fees so she could start the process to bring her family to Ottawa. 

This story is just one of many examples of how your donation is used to help people like Faduma every day. With your support, we can help more families build new lives in your community.


Please consider making a donation today.

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director
Sisters in spirit

Eleanor and Amira are sisters. But they only met 11 months ago.

Eleanor, one of our volunteers, met Amira through the Matching Program shortly after Amira arrived in Ottawa from Damascus, Syria.

In Damascus, she had been a director of education for a number of schools. She had once visited Canada in 2009 to visit her son and grandchildren who were already in Ottawa. When she eventually moved here, she knew she needed to practise her English or she would become isolated in her one-bedroom apartment.

The Matching Program provides one-on-one support to help newcomers adjust and integrate into life in Canada by introducing them to members of the Ottawa community. It helps newcomers learn about Canadian culture and traditions, community resources, introduces them to recreational opportunities and helps them expand their social and employment networks.

"Eleanor is a very beautiful and wonderful woman," says Amira. "She’s my best friend here in Canada. I consider her a sister."

Eleanor became interested in refugee and immigrant issues after the Syrian civil war started to make headlines in the news. She says it’s been a moving experience to get to know Amira.

The more time she spends with Amira, the more she admires her. "I’ve learned that women in Arabic cultures are incredibly strong."

To help other newcomers thrive in Ottawa, please make a donation now.
A Thanksgiving to remember

It was a packed house for our annual Thanksgiving meal two weeks ago.

Along with traditional dishes such as a roasted turkey, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce, there were also some dishes featured from other cultures.

The CCI team did a great job of encouraging everyone to try something new. There was a trivia contest before dinner and a children's arts and crafts table to keep the little ones busy.

The evening was also an opportunity for families of different cultures to come together and celebrate a Canadian tradition.  
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Catholic Centre for Immigrants has a new Facebook page. That's where you'll find more inspiring stories about newcomers as well as heartwarming photos. It's also where you can learn more about the issues surrounding refugees and immigrants. Please like our page.
Monthly Giving

Ottawa is a generous community that has supported our work for more than 60 years. But did you know you can have a greater impact by joining our Friends of CCI Monthly Giving Program? A monthly donation provides stability and predictability for you and CCI. It's easy to sign up and is a more affordable way to give that adds up over time.

A monthly donation tells the thousands of refugees and immigrants who arrive in Ottawa every year that they have not been forgotten. 

You can sign up for our monthly giving program by emailing Dora or calling 613-232-9634, ext. 359.
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