April 2018 E-Newsletter
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Helping a young newcomer succeed

Dear Friend of CCI,

I want to share with you a heartwarming story of a young Congolese man. His name is Jephte and he's 19 years old.

Jephte arrived in Ottawa just four short months ago. He's the oldest child in a family of four.

When he landed in our city, he was excited at the prospect of a brighter future, but he was also anxious. He didn't know if he would find work or adapt to his new home. He knew no one and didn't know where to turn.

Thanks to our Youth Program, Jephte received the help he needed. He met with Ana, our youth jobs coordinator. Together, they worked on his resume and cover letter. Ana helped him practise his job interview skills. She connected him with other young people in the program so that he could make friends and learn more about what our city has to offer.

Just a few weeks ago, Jephte shared with us great news, he found a job. This is what he wrote to us.

"Ana helped me to get a job, updated me for any job fair, prepared me for an interview and registered me for the Youth Program and so much more. I'm very grateful to her for all what she has been doing for me and for her precious time. Thank you!"

We are able to help young men like Jephte thanks to your support. When you make a donation to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, you are helping young newcomers find jobs and connect to their community.

Please make a donation today to support our Youth Program.

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director
This Syrian family gives back
When you give today, they will give back tomorrow.

Two years ago, you gave 1,500 Syrian refugees a chance to start a new life in Ottawa. You helped them find homes, enroll their children into school, make friends, search for jobs, and become connected with their community.

It didn't take long for the Syrians to start giving back. The latest example happened last Saturday. Across the country, the Syrian community held their first Syrian Canadian Donation Day. Syrians of all ages gave blood at their local Canadian Blood Services agency, including here in Ottawa.

It was their way of saying thank you to a country that welcomed them with open arms. It was a thank you ... to you!

You can continue to help Syrian refugees prosper by making a donation today!
From newcomer to volunteer

As with many newcomers to Ottawa, Majid Al Yamoory turned to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants’ Matching Program for help in adapting and integrating into his new life. Through this program, the 74-year-old civil engineer from Iraq was paired with Bruce Grant.

“I came to Canada in April 2015 and really needed help improving my English,” says Majid. “Although I had learned English in 1972, I needed a much higher level to fully participate in Canadian life.”

“Majid and I would meet regularly over coffee,” explains Bruce, a retired structural engineer. “He told me so many fascinating stories. I like to travel and keep busy, so Majid and I had the same motivation.”

The friendship helped Majid learn about communication in the workplace, the law in Canada and the benefits of volunteering. Soon after, Majid became a volunteer with us, helping to translate English documents into Arabic – a much needed skill with so many refugees from Syria and Iraq.

The more he gets involved in the community, the younger Majid feels. “Ignore my grey hair,” laughs Majid. “My advice to other newcomers is that although it’s difficult at times, it’s not impossible to start a new life at any age.”

Honour your mother

Our mothers hold a special place in our hearts. Why not honour your mother this Mother's Day on May 13 by making a donation in her name?

By making a donation in honour of your mother, you'll help other mothers who are starting new lives with their families in Ottawa. When you make a donation, you help newcomer mothers learn a new language, find a job, make friends and adapt to life in a new country. 

It's easy to honour your mother with a gift in her name. Simply click on this donation link. Fill out all the pertinent information and then select Dedicate Your Donation.

You can send an e-card, too. We have a wide variety of beautiful e-cards that will let your mom know how much she means to you. The best part is you're helping other mothers reach their dreams.

Make a Tribute Gift to your mom today!
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219 Argyle Ave. Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4

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