Matthew House would like to introduce Kehinde Aknileys

Matthew House

Kehinde Aknileys

Matthew House is a local charity that has been welcoming refugees for over 20 years by providing shelter and support in a home-like setting. They ensure individual needs are met and empower refugees to restart their lives in Canada. Their great work has inspired the opening of 10 additional refugee homes across Canada.

One such location, at Dundas West, is home to Kehinde Aknileys, who arrived in Canada on April 12th of this year with his wife and three children (two girls ages 13 and 8, and a boy age 11). He fled Nigeria because he feared for the safety of this family. Now Canada is his home and we are his neighbours.

When we asked Kehinde what he thought of Canada, he said: “It is the land of safety, freedom, and opportunity”. When we asked what his Father’s Day wish was, he said: “I want to go out with my kids and have fun!”.

After speaking with the folks at Matthew House and digging a bit deeper, we know that a few items might help make his Father’s Day extra special.  Things like shaving cream, a razor, soap, and toothpaste. 

But the real need is a laptop. 

The one he brought over from Nigeria is old and filled with viruses.  “Getting a Laptop would mean a lot at the moment for me because I want to study online at home while I am waiting for my (immigration) hearing.”  Kehinde is hoping the courses will help him get a job as a developer so he can support his family.  

It’s a big ask, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get, right?  So this is Troop asking, for Matthew House, for Kehinde, for a neighbour.  Can you help us meet the need?  (FYI, we plan to source the laptop from reBOOT Canada, a charity that refurbishes donated computer equipment.  They have a slightly used laptop with a load of digital life left in it – perfect for Kehinde). 

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  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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More Details: Matthew House

Matthew House grew out of the vision of its founding director, Anne Woolger, who had a chance encounter with a refugee over 30 years ago. His heart-wrenching story of escaping persecution ended with his account of feeling painfully unwelcome upon arrival in Canada. His story so deeply moved her that she decided to begin volunteering with refugees to help them feel welcome.

She subsequently began work at a city-run homeless shelter in Toronto where her eyes were opened to the plight of refugee claimants seeking asylum in Canada. Recognizing the great shortage of caring shelters geared towards their unique settlement needs, Anne approached her denominational leaders and shared her vision of establishing a Christian-based reception home to provide a warm welcome for refugee claimants.

Matthew House is a faith-based organization that is inspired and motivated by the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe all people are worthy of dignity, honour, and respect. We serve people of all faiths and advocate for the well-being of each individual.
Location: 
981 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W4

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