Written by Colin Withers on December 16, 2014
in Giving Back

Ariad Gives Back

To celebrate Ariad’s 25th anniversary, we have given away $25,000 to ten different charitiesAriadites were divided into ten teams who worked together to independently choose a charity that would receive $2,500.The charities are all Toronto-based, and are small enough to see their $2,500 donation have a real impact on their mission. In these posts, we will highlight each charity to share their story and show why they were selected by our team.

Matthew House

Matthew House welcomes newly arrived refugees by providing safe shelter, settlement assistance and bridges into the community while inspiring others through its replicable model and its advocacy.  Since opening in 1998, over 1,200 refugees from 87 different nations have been warmly welcomed by caring volunteers and staff who provide the residents help with all their settlement needs, including dealing with confusing paper work, preparing for the refugee hearing, orientation to Canada, connection with social services and finding and furnishing apartments with donated furniture. Matthew House receives very little direct government support but exists simply through the generosity of individuals and foundations that care about the plight of refugees.

“The toughest experience for a new immigrant in Canada is transition, isolation and lack of support,” says Puja Sane, Project Coordinator at Ariad and charity team captain. “Matthew House, regardless of religion and culture, welcomes newly arrived refugees to help overcome these challenges. Along with providing bridges into the community, they inspire other groups to develop their ministries of refugees. It is a great pleasure to be a part of this contribution towards Matthew House to help them provide enduring support to those in need!”

As part of our 25th anniversary Ariad Gives Back campaign, Ariad’s donation will directly support refugees and provide basic necessities while making a difference in their futures here in Canada.

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Volunteers at Matthew House

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Colin Withers is the Brand & Communications Manager at Ariad Communications.

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