Romero House is a refugee-serving community of faith and hope in which strangers become neighbours. We are inspired by the practice Archbishop Romero introduced in Central America known as acompanamiento, meaning "stand by the people". Romero House is a community of four houses and a neighbourhood centre in the area north of high park and south of the Junction neighbourhood, in the west end of Toronto. We provide transitional housing to our residents, who are refugee claimants, as well as drop in settlement services to any refugees that walk through the door. These services include assistance with the refugee claim process and legal aspects; help with finding and retaining housing; emotional and social support; practical items such as furniture and clothing; and variety of community building activities. Staff and interns live with residents as neighbours and companions, seeking to realise our vision of accompaniment in their daily life and work. The community this forms sets Romero House apart from most shelters. It allows us to welcome refugees with open arms and hearts and provide the support they need to prosper in Canada.
Running on behalf of Romero House is a chance for you to become part of our community, a place where you can walk side by side with those that the funds you raise will help us to serve. Entry will be free for the first ten registrants who are, or have been, refugee claimants. As our thanks to you, we will provide you with a Romero House t-shirt and an invitation to our celebration after the race. We also hope to invite you to events in the run up to the race, and welcome you to inquire about joining our organizing committee for this event. We'll be organizing a volunteer team for the day, which is a great way to get your friends and family involved as well.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our team, and arrange a time to come and meet our community.
For more information about our community and the work that it does please visit: www.romerohouse.org.