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Christie Refugee Welcome Centre

Christie Street Refugee Centre - 43 Christie Street

A place of welcome, safety, and support for refugees.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto just minutes from Christie/Bloor in the Annex, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) has provided emergency shelter and a warm welcome for refugee families from all ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds for more than two decades.

Approximately 300 homeless refugee claimants (100 families) from war-torn countries world-wide arrive at the Centre each year. At CRWC they receive the care, support and assistance they need to pursue their refugee claim and to reconstruct and begin their new lives in Canada.


Families Found Permanent Housing
Refugees in Shelter
Health Clinic Visits
Outreach Consultations Provided

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Shelter Renovations

As a shelter that is home to over 250 homeless refugees each year, improvements to our buildings are vital in providing a safe, welcoming space.

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Send a Child to Summer Camp

Give a refugee child the gift of summer camp. $100 sends one child to camp.

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$800 of $5,000 raised
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Welcome Home Grocery Carts

Provide refugee families with a grocery cart filled with supplies as they move out of the shelter into their new home! $75 provides one filled grocery cart to a refugee family.

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$775 of $7,500 raised
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Recent News

Give Kids a Place to Play

March 3rd, 2017|Supporters|

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have reached our $120,000 campaign goal to renovate our back parking lot into a recreational and playground space for homeless refugee families living in our shelter. This [...]

12 Days of Christmas

November 10th, 2016|Events|

The approaching holiday season is a time of great need for many and that includes the refugee families that live in our shelter who are spending their first Christmas in Canada. Our 12 Days of Christmas [...]

Ride for Refuge

October 1st, 2016|Events|

Thanks to our staff teams, church partner teams (& MANY OTHERS!) who cycled in the Ride for Refuge 2016. CRWC teams participated in the new downtown RIDE location and loved being in the Beaches for this event. [...]


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