An organization that supports newcomers to Ottawa who are seeking refugee status is holding a variety show fundraiser at Kanata Baptist Church on April 24.
The event, which will feature singing, dancing and musical talent from locals and newcomers, is in support of Matthew House Refuge Services and Furniture Bank.
With attendance free to those under 18 and tickets $10 per person, organizers hope to raise $2,000 to help keep Matthew House running.
Matthew House is a Christian organization that draws its inspiration from the Matthew 25:25 Network, referring to Bible scripture about welcoming newcomers. It seeks to do that by providing refugees and refugee claimants a place to live and guidance during the refugee claim process.
With space for up to 10 people at a time, Matthew House, located along Centrepointe Drive in Nepean, has helped more than 100 people from dozens of countries since it started in 2010.
Partnered with Furniture Bank located in Kanata, the organization can also provide their residents with volunteer work, job skills and furniture for their future homes.
The majority of the organization’s funding comes from churches, individuals and grants, but does not receive government funding, said Matthew House’s program manager, Kailee Brennan.
“In an NGO (non-governmental organization) like that, you are always looking for ways to fundraise,” she said.
Much of Matthew House’s operating budget comes from its own Ride for Refuge event held in October, and participation in Ottawa Race Weekend.