Romero House welcomes refugee claimants: people who claim refugee status after arriving in Canada. We welcome refugees regardless of religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. In this way, we strive to create a community that celebrates difference.
Amongst four houses, in the West Bend neighbourhood of Toronto, we have 10 apartments for refugee families. Most families live with us for the one year after their arrival, in which time they are accompanied in navigating the refugee determination process and establishing their lives in Canada.
We support families with every element of their settlement in Canada, and also offer social and emotional support. We also provide a variety of programs for families, including our Kids’ Club and Women’s Group; retreats throughout the year; and a summer camp.
Within each house, our live-in staff work with refugee families to build community. We celebrate birthdays and Christmas together, and are available to each other as good neighbours. Once residents move out of our houses, they often remain part of our community and continue to access support or engage in events at Romero House.
In addition to the support we provide to resident families, some of our programs are also available to walk-ins: refugees who have never lived with us. Our weekly food bank and clothing boutique are also offered to walk-ins.
We can often help with:
- Settlement assistance
- Accessing Legal Aid
- Finding lawyers
- Accessing food banks
- Refugee claim process
- Accessing education
- Accessing social assistance
Due to changes in the Furniture Bank’s policies, we are no longer able to provide Furniture Bank referrals to refugees who do not live in Romero House.
If you are coming or sending someone to Romero House for a work permit, please come with your refugee ID, a copy of your passport, and a record of your medical exam. In addition, if you can download the following application and fill out as much as possible it will make the process much simpler for everyone: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5710e.pdf