You Can Help A Child Find a Place to Belong!

Today, you have a chance to do something special! Today, you can help change the lives of children and families in Waterloo Region.

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My name is Oumar. My family arrived in Canada in 2003, just days before the United States invaded Iraq. As Palestinian refugees to Canada, we faced many struggles.

And while I don’t remember what it was like when we first arrived, I know how I felt as a child growing up in Kitchener. I felt like I didn’t belong. I didn’t speak the language, and I didn’t have any friends. I felt like an outsider.

Thanks to your support of House of Friendship’s Neighbourhood programs, I finally found a place that felt like home. Courtland Shelley Community Centre was a safe place, a place where I could belong.

There, I gained the confidence to try new things, to make friends, and improve my English. I found mentors along the way – and now I get the chance to help youth in my community, in the same way I was helped so many years ago!

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Your support is vital to ensure that children like me get a chance to find connection and belonging, and reach their full potential. Will you consider providing your most generous gift today?


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