Newcomer Youth Centre offers ‘fun and safe place’

The YMCA Newcomer Youth Centre (NYC) is a friendly, urban place for Hamilton’s newcomer youth. As a part of the YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services, the NYC is dedicated to helping newcomer youth, ages 13-24, with their settlement needs. Services include:...

/ March 7, 2012

‘Her fight is not over’

In recent weeks many people in Hamilton have been following the case of Lucene Charles, a 36-year-old single mother who is fighting to avoid a removal order and keep her family together. Charles, originally from the Caribbean island of Saint...

/ March 1, 2012

Leading and Learning graduates make change

Have a question about housing? Legal issues? Transfer of foreign credentials? Buying a good food box? Graduates from the Immigrant Women’s Centre’s new program, Leading and Learning, will be pleased to help you find the answer. The program, which had...

/ February 7, 2012

Finding Refuge from El Salvador

I was thirteen-years-old when I first came to Canada. Leaving El Salvador was very sad, but I was old enough to understand that we had to leave; that if we wanted to escape the violence and fear of death, then...

/ January 19, 2012

Youth flees Darfur, hopes to reunite with family

  “My dream was to be united with my family in Canada. I believe in hard work and the importance of education. I am grateful for Canada for giving me the opportunity to start again.” “I was 13 years old...

/ January 15, 2012

Making Hamilton Home

What does it take to feel rooted in a new place? What makes a place feel like home? These are questions we wrestle with as we walk alongside refugee claimants who have come through the doors of Micah House. Micah...

/ January 15, 2012