Who We Are For
The purpose of Romero House is to assist in resettling refugees:
- In an atmosphere of respect
- In a spirit of mutual assistance
- In the context of Community
Where We Are
Since Romero House was founded in 1992 it has provided housing, settlement and advocacy services to more than 6,000 individuals and families. Romero House is named after the Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador who was martyred for his outspoken defence of human rights.
Romero House is actually four houses and a Neighbourhood Centre in the west end of Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. Refugees live in an ordinary neighbourhood and this helps them make a transition to daily life in Canada.
Why We Do What We Do
The life and service of Romero House is animated by the gospel commandment to love our neighbour. The fundamental practice of Romero House involves living together with refugees as good neighbours. It is very different from the standard shelter model of paid counselors and social service personnel, of landlords and tenants. At Romero House, we live in the shelter of each other.
Welcome as a Way of Life
The work of welcoming refugees is done by a small staff and by a group of interns. This work is done freely and generously, for a small stipend rather than a market salary. We see welcoming strangers, becoming neighbours, as a way of life. Many part time volunteers contribute greatly to this challenging and rewarding work.
- "At Romero House I found a place of peace and hope" - Tsi Tsi Muengo
- "In our culture we have a family place where we all go for big events. Romero House is like our family place in Canada" - Naman Thamir, from Iraq