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I Run With Refugees
On Sat, Oct 17, 2020, I am blessed to have the opportunity to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5k run in support of Adam House. Adam House is a home for refugees, located in Toronto, serving over 2500 refugee claimants since 2002. It is a place where refugee claimants can find shelter, support, and HOPE for their future.
This is my 7th Run for Adam House! Through your GENEROUS support, I have exceeded my fundraising goals for each of my 6 previous runs!
Why do I care about this cause? Fifty-eight years ago my family arrived in Toronto as refugees from Harbin, China. My father, a Russian pastor missionary, had just passed away. My mother, a young widow with 6 children, had to leave China very quickly. When we arrived in Toronto we were very fortunate to have very many generous, wonderful people who helped my family adjust and settle in this blessed, beautiful, and bountiful country. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember—my ❤️ so full of gratitude.
Where would you go if you had nothing and you knew no one?
Having nothing and knowing no one is often just the beginning of the barriers new refugees face. Often times there is a language barrier. Refugee claimants are dealing with numerous issues-trauma that was experienced in their home country and on their journey to Canada, and often living with the anguish of leaving family behind.
Adam House provides refugee claimants with clean and safe living accommodations. The staff at Adam House provide assistance and advice with immigration procedures, primarily to residents and former residents. They provide referrals to legal services, medical assistance, and community resources. However, Adam House is much more than shelter or the services they provide. Adam House is home. A place where residents find friendship and support-from staff and each other.
Every dollar raised enables Adam House to continue welcoming refugees.
Visit www.adamhouse.org for more information.