We Serve
Refugee Ministry

Explore our serving opportunities below and discover how you can be a part of a welcoming community to refugee claimants in Toronto!

Refugee Ministry Team Member

Establish relationships with residents at The Peoples House, Adam House or Matthew House by sharing a meal and doing life together!

Responsibilities

  • Befriend residents at the refugee homes
  • Lead games and have fun together
  • Answer questions residents might have about life in Canada
  • Listen to stories of residents
  • Prepare and/or share a meal together
  • Pray for residents

Skills

  • Growing faith in Christ
  • Desire to extend welcome to refugee claimants as part of a welcoming community
  • Practical knowledge of the systems in our city
  • Ability to be fully present and listen deeply
  • Team player

Commitment

  • 3- 4 hours on a monthly basis

Opportunities

  • Make new friends
  • Stretch and learn about your blind spots
  • Learn about realities of life in different countries, and the injustice faced by many around the world
  • Learn about the beauty and diversity of other cultures and nations
  • Trainin: Refugee Realities, Art of Listening, Cultural Sensitivity, Trauma Informed Care, Plan to Protect

Requirements

  • Interviews, reference checks, vulnerable sector screening and forms
  • Must attend The Peoples Church for 6 months before serving
Gardening Team Member

Build relationships with residents at The Peoples House (TPH) by joining the gardening team!

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the garden is being tended to on a weekly basis, together with the gardening team
  • Participate in the season of planting and harvesting at TPH
  • Befriend residents and be open to how the relationships evolve

Skills

  • Willingness to learn about gardening, no previous knowledge/skills required
  • Committed, faithful, and present
  • Loves to work in a team environment and getting to know people from different cultures

Commitment

  • 18 weeks from May to October
  • Saturday afternoon on a weekly basis, between 2-3 hours
  • Total time commitment: 36–54 hours for the whole season

Opportunities

  • Get in touch with your creative side and nature
  • Learn about gardening
  • Create lasting friendships with our residents
  • Cultural interaction and learning
  • Share recipes from different corners around the World
  • Training: Gardening, Cultural Sensitivity, Trauma Informed Practice, Plan to Protect

Requirements

  • Interviews, reference checks, vulnerable sector screening and forms
  • Must attend Peoples for 6 months before serving
Moving Team Member

Support The Peoples House (TPH) residents as they move out to their first apartments in Toronto!

Responsibilities

  • Arrive at TPH on time
  • Help the TPH resident load their belongings and furniture
  • Arrive at the resident’s new home and help them offload
  • Celebrate the move and encourage resident

Skills

  • Growing relationship with Christ
  • Good team player
  • Capable of carrying heavy weights
  • Moving experience is a plus
  • Access to large vehicle an asset

Commitment

  • Varies between 4 hours to half a day, depending on the distance that needs to be covered
  • Scheduled as needed (usually on weekends)

Opportunities

  • Make new friends and connections
  • Celebrate the successes of our residents
  • Training: Plan to Protect

Requirements

  • Interviews, reference check, vulnerable sector check and forms
Meals & More Team Member

Prepare and deliver healthy and nutritious meals to refugee homes!

Responsibilities

  • Follow instructions to prepare meals, bake cookies and prepare desserts
  • Comply with the City’s food handling requirements

Skills

  • Desire to learn
  • Team player
  • No previous experience is required

Commitment

  • Up to two sessions per month (3 hours per session)
  • Total time commitment: maximum 6 hours per month

Opportunities

  • Meet new people and build new friendships
  • Make a practical difference in the lives of refugee claimants
  • Training: Refugee Ministry Onboarding

Requirements

  • Interviews, reference check, vulnerable sector check and forms
Handyperson

Assist with repairs and carpentry at The Peoples House (TPH).

Responsibilities

  • Minor repairs throughout the house such as replacing light fixtures, doorknobs, blinds, cupboards and drawers, etc.
  • Consult on larger repairs needed

Skills

  • General handyman skills such as: plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, electrician, etc.
  • Ability to teach skills to residents

Commitment

  • As needed

Opportunities

  • Use practical skills to engage in refugee ministry
  • Build relationships with residents
  • Help keep the property at TPH safe and functional

Requirements

  • Interviews, reference checks, vulnerable sector screening and forms
  • Must attend Peoples for 6 months before serving
Host

Support refugee claimants and newcomers as they navigate life in Toronto!

Responsibilities

  • Befriend residents and newcomers
  • Call residents and newcomers to check in
  • Support with navigating the public transport system
  • Support parents in understanding the schooling system
  • Invite residents and newcomers for coffee or lunch
  • Attend a worship service together at The Peoples House (TPH) or another church preferred by the resident or newcomer
  • Accompany residents and newcomers to places of interest and fun activities in Toronto, like parks, picnics, museums
  • Help residents and newcomers understand grocery shopping in the GTA
  • Share about available resources like libraries, thrift shopping, and food banks
  • Pray for residents and newcomers

Skills

  • Growing relationship with Christ
  • Believe in the importance of being a welcoming community
  • Desire to share your life and the gospel
  • Practical knowledge of the city systems
  • Desire to help refugees and newcomers thrive

Commitment

  • Time commitments will vary, spanning from a few weeks to a lifetime friendship!

Opportunities

  • Make new friends
  • Stretch and learn about your blind spots
  • Learn about realities of life in different countries, and the injustice faced by many around the world
  • Learn about the beauty and diversity of other cultures and nations
  • Training: Refugee Realities, Art of Listening, Cultural sensitivity, Trauma Informed Care, Plan to Protect

Requirements

  • Interviews, reference checks, vulnerable sector screening and forms
  • Must attend Peoples for 6 months before serving
Translator

Support residents at The Peoples House so that they can move forward positively and comfortably in areas where language can be a barrier.

Responsibilities

  • Translating during house intake
  • Support in meetings with caseworker
  • Support with completing paper work
  • Pray for the residents and the ministry

Skills

  • Fluent in English as well as one or more of the following: Spanish, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi
  • Knowledge of the refugee claim/hearing processes an asset

Commitment

  • As needed

Opportunities

  • Assisting someone in a new country and culture by speaking their native tongue
  • Building relationships and friendships
  • Training: Refugee Ministry Onboarding

Requirements

  • Interview, Vulnerable Sector Screening, Reference checks and forms (confidentiality, statement of faith etc.)