MCRS partners with various agencies and community organizations to help meet the needs of refugee claimants who pass through our doors. Our work is primarily in the refugee claim process, and we work with community partners who provide support with personal care, housing, employment, computer access, schooling and other settlement needs.

Community Agencies:

  • The Working Centre¬†is a non-profit, community-based, volunteer-inspired venture that seeks to give individuals and groups access to tools and opportunities to become involved in the building of community projects in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas. MCRS refers refugee claimants to services The Working Centre offers such as employment counseling, help in finding housing, and St. John‚Äôs Kitchen.

  • Welcome Home¬†is a refugee housing community supported by Ray of Hope Inc. As a Christian ministry, Welcome Home desires to provide a ‘welcome home’ to those who have been forced to flee their homeland due to war, persecution and oppression. They are an essential partner of MCRS that provides refugee claimants with housing within a supportive community.

  • The Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre¬†offers programs and support to new Canadians including some settlement support as well as¬†interpretation and translation services on a pay-per-service basis. For support with a refugee claim, please check with MCRS.

  • The K-W Reception Centre¬†offers some accommodation for refugee claimants when they have space available — space that is not filled by Canadian Government-sponsored refugees.

  • House of Friendship¬†is a Christian non-profit human service agency that serves 32,500 women, men, youth and children living on low income in Waterloo Region annually. Their Food Hamper program is a life-line to many refugee families in the first weeks of their arrival in Canada.

Funding Organizations:

  • The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation uses endowment funds from donations to provide grants to several local charities and not-for-profit organizations. These grants support various causes within the community. We would like to express our deep appreciation for two grants received this year through KWCF for the¬†Crossing Borders Refugee Youth Inclusion Project.¬†¬†

  • Kindred Credit Union¬†is an ongoing supporter of MCRS. Currently Kindred is¬†exploring with us many opportunities to partner together over the next year!

  • Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)¬†is a relief, development, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. MCC supports many organizations both in Canada and abroad and encourages the growth and development of grassroots initiatives like MCRS. MCRS began under the umbrella of MCC in 1987.

  • Mennonite Church Eastern Canada¬†is an umbrella organization that brings together many of the Mennonite churches in Eastern Canada.¬† It is an organization that seeks to support Mennonite churches and their ministries as well as organizations such as MCRS that have their roots in the Anabaptist faith community.

  • We are deeply appreciative of the many local churches that support MCRS. This is a work of faith in action, that is meeting real needs with compassion and tangible care. Through their support, we can provide day-to-day support of people through the refugee claim process. They also make it possible for us to offer our summer picnic and Christmas celebration. There are a number of homes within churches that also provide¬†personal care and support of some of our clients – a gift of welcome for many of our clients that inspires hope and forms amazing friendships!


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