The House was originally established in 1987 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of The Diocese of London and is now operated by CCLC. Joseph's House provides temporary accommodation for newly arrived refugee claimants.
The staff welcomes people from all over the world who have fled their home countries in fear of persecution and have come to Canada seeking protection. Refugee claimants must go through a process before being allowed to remain in Canada.
Residents are charged rent, according to Ontario Works rates and they are required to provide their own food and do their own cooking and cleaning.
Assisting refugee claimants - through steps of refugee process
- to apply for Ontario Works assistance if necessary and help with ongoing communication with Ontario Works
- to register at applicable English As Second Language program
- to find suitable, permanent housing
- to obtain household items and furniture when possible
- with other concerns and problems
For Volunteer opportunities see GET INVOLVED.
Definition of a Refugee:
A refugee is a person who "Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the Country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country..." The 1951 Geneva Convention relation to the Status of Refugees.