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Matthew House Ottawa

Imagine how you feel when you walk through the door to your home. Your relief and immediate comfort of belonging. That’s Matthew House Ottawa. And we have two metaphorical doors: one for refugees who are making a fresh start in Ottawa and one for people and families who need furnishings to settle into long-term, secure housing. Our residential refugee homes offer a family atmosphere where refugees have a place to sleep, eat, receive support services, and begin their journey to independence. The Furniture Bank is available to our low-income neighbours who are newcomers, leaving homelessness, or fleeing domestic violence and need furniture to make their new residence a home.



  • Individuals: 38%
  • Government: 2%
  • Other charities: 15%
  • Other sources: 45%

How you can help


The impact of donor support on Matthew House Ottawa services is very concrete: you help feed and house refugees, furnish the apartments of newcomers and low-income families, and provide settlement support for those who arrived in Canada in search of safety and a better life. With partnerships allowing us to rent both housing and furniture bank space at a minimal cost, donor dollars go directly to supporting the basic needs of our residents and clients: purchasing groceries to feed Matthew House residents, offering support in navigating the refugee claimant process, and gassing up the trucks that help us furnish more than 1,000 homes each year in Ottawa. Your generosity makes a significant difference in the lives of newcomers and others in need.


Matthew House relies heavily on the commitment of volunteers. We have a variety of roles available to serve both the Furniture Bank and Refugee Services.

“Giving new Canadians a restart on their whole lives is a unique opportunity. It sends a message about our values, way of life and the belief that everybody matters in our society. The value is priceless really!”

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Funding priorities

Matthew House Ottawa is dedicated to meeting the urgent need for safe housing and supports for newcomers and other families in need in our community. Our programming has two areas of focus: our physical houses, which have provided a safe home and essential settlement support for 75+ refugee claimants per year, and our furniture bank, which provides everything needed – from mattresses to tables and even kitchenware – to furnish 1,000 homes of low-income families per year.

With donor support, we are expanding our services by opening four transition homes to give refugees a stable place to stay while they seek longer-term housing. These transition homes will make a vital difference for those who have overcome adversity in search of a new beginning.

In order to meet the increased demand of our Furniture Bank, we are also in need of funds to lease or purchase 10,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space.



Looking for ways to support the people we serve? Every donation is appreciated and goes a long way:

  • $35 provides a bed, food, and settlement to a refugee claimant for one day
  • $67 covers our cost to run the furniture bank truck for a day, used to furnish up to six homes for families in need
  • $120 covers our cost to furnish two rooms in our transition homes
  • $500 covers our cost to fully furnish a home for a family in need

You can donate online at:


Matthew House Ottawa

380 Centrepointe Dr.
Ottawa, Ont.
K2G 6A1

  • Year founded: 2010
  • Total revenue for last fiscal year: $967,305
  • Twitter: @MHOttawa
  • Facebook: /MHOttawa
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Allan Reesor-McDowell, Executive director
Ian McLaren, Chair






Steve Kuhn

Hannah Marazzi

Dan Monafu

Helen Reimer

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