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The Worker Program

Are you looking for a challenge? Are you looking to grow personally and professionally? Does the idea of living and working in the same community excite you? Consider applying to the Worker Program!

The Worker Program invites young people to live and work at Romero House, a community of welcome for refugees, for a period of one year. The program consists of three main aspects: work life, community life and intentional community:

Work Life

Each worker will support 3-5 families living at Romero House as a companion. This involves walking alongside those families through their settlement process and providing wrap-around support. In addition, each worker will have a another role that supports to work of Romero House.
Worker roles for 2024-2024 may include
– Community Programming
– Coordinating our Community Host Program
– Volunteer Coordination
– Bookkeeping Support
– Communications (social media, newsletter, fundraising, website etc.)
– Housing Support (apartment stocking, meeting with families to sign housing agreements etc.)
Workers work 4 days a week. They work alongside other participants in the program as well as other live-in and live-out staff.

Community Life

In addition to working in the office, Workers live in one of the Romero Houses, with 2-3 families in each house. Workers share their apartment with one other worker. Workers support our community life through coordinating house meetings, monthly suppers with all four houses, birthday parties and many other gatherings. The goal is for workers to build relationships with the families living at Romero House and foster a space in which families can build connections with each other.

Intentional Community

The Worker Program also involves participating in an intentional community with the other Workers and staff (8-12 people total), around a set of shared values and practices. These practices include a weekly supper and weekend retreats outside the city 3-4 times per year. The Worker group also participates in a weekly reflection group on professional and spiritual themes (rooted in a Catholic tradition with an openness to a wider spirituality) and a monthly teambuilding activity. We support Workers in developing skills in self-awareness, communication, conflict navigation, and giving and receiving care.

This full-time live-in program gives people the opportunity to live alongside refugees in a spirit of service and mutual care.

From Former Workers

“Being a Worker is stepping into a role of meaningful responsibility. It is gratifying and fun. It is a chance to be part of a community that existed before you, and will continue after you. It is an opportunity to serve, make a difference, and to do something real. It is busy! In this world, giving without expecting to receive is not something everyone is able to do. Workers can dedicate themselves to work they believe in, without needing to measure time and energy.”



“Having studied philosophy, I had many theories about what it means to welcome the stranger and how to build a community. My theories and preconceptions were challenged at Romero House. I came to realize that ‘the stranger,’ is not that strange, that I can cook with a couple from Venezuela, teach piano to a girl from Turkey, talk about classic films with a man from Pakistan, and watch horror movies with a teenager from Colombia.”



“I’m particularly grateful for the practical experience and training offered through the Worker program. I’ve been able to attend conferences, training workshops, and courses that I would never have been able to otherwise. I’ve valued them not only as opportunities to develop my understanding of the refugee settlement field, but also as an affirmation that Romero House is as genuinely committed to investing its Workers as we are to the work we do here.”



Responsibilities of a Romero Worker

Settlement Support

Accompaniment is at the heart of Romero House. Each Worker accompanies several families at a time throughout their immigration and settlement journey. Workers are not expected to be experts on the refugee process, but to walk alongside the refugees so they don’t need to navigate complicated systems alone.

Community Life

Workers are responsible for running the many programs that animate our community life. These programs shift based on the gifts of the Workers and the needs of the families. Common programs include women’s group, kid’s club, March break camp, garden coordination and the planning of many celebrations.

House Coordination

As each Worker lives in one of our houses alongside two or three families, they are given the great responsibility of facilitating a safe and welcoming home. This means running regular house meetings, ensuring mutual care-taking of the home and maintaining good relationships with the neighbours.

Advocacy + Public Education

Living in solidarity with refugees means taking action where there are injustices in laws and systems. There lots of opportunities for advocacy and public education. It also means attending networking meetings with various advocacy groups, such as the Canadian Council for Refugees or the Ontario Coalition of Service Providers for Refugee Claimants.

Worker Role

Each worker has a role that supports the work of Romero House. These roles are more administrative and are a great way to gain skills in running a non-profit. Worker roles may include: Community Programming, Community Host Program Coordinator, Volunteer Coordination, Bookkeeping Support, Communications and Housing Support.

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