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Matthew House Refugee Reception Services

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Matthew House Refugee Reception Services

Matthew House runs three homes in Toronto for newly arrived refugee claimants who would otherwise be homeless. In addition to safe shelter, Matthew House provides nutritious meals, orientation to life in Canada, settlement into permanent accommodation, and help with the complex process of making a refugee claim in Canada. This year, Matthew House is expanding its Mock Refugee Hearing program. The program works with volunteer lawyers, retired immigration adjudicators and others to ensure that refugee claimants understand the system and are properly prepared by performing simulations of the hearing in a realistic environment.