Volume 1 | January 2019
Your gift is never taken for granted
Dear CCI Friend,

I want to thank you sincerely for your past support of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants.

Whether you are a monthly, occasional or a first-time donor, your gift is never taken for granted. The support you are giving us is very much appreciated.

In 2019, our goal is to increase the number of supporters who give monthly.

Why are monthly donations so important? A monthly gift provides predictability and stability to an organization such as CCI. And our monthly donors tell us that by spreading out their donation over 12 months, they can actually give a little bit more.

If you're new to monthly giving, it's easy. You pick the amount you're comfortable with. You can make your monthly donation through a bank transfer or by credit card. You can set up a monthly donation online or by calling Dora at 613-232-9634, ext. 359.

Please start 2019 off by joining our Friends of CCI Monthly Giving Program. Your gift will make an impact in the lives of refugees who want to build new lives in your community.

Kindest regards,

Carl Nicholson
Executive Director
Mitra succeeds with CCI's help
Mitra Ghaffari arrived in Canada six years ago with nothing but a post-graduate degree in English and a strong belief in Canada’s liberal and inclusive culture. 

Living at a women’s shelter, she knew no one and was going through a difficult time.

“I was quite clueless about my future and had no idea about how to make a fresh start,” says Mitra.

Mitra found help from CCI Ottawa. “It was like stepping into a sanctuary where people rallied around me and offered not just words of comfort but also took an active part in helping me adjust to my new life.”

Today, Mitra works as a Recreation Activities Coordinator for the City of Ottawa.

You can help newcomers like Mitra by joining our Friends of CCI Monthly Giving Program .
Succeeding despite adversity
Diana Kinimah loves a good challenge. In 2011, Diana came to Canada from her native Ghana in the pursuit of a better life for herself and her family.

However, she hadn’t anticipated the personal and professional hardships that were to follow.

After the breakdown of her marriage, she suddenly found herself caring for two young children with little support.

Even though she had a university degree, Diana struggled to find a job. Needing money, she opened a home-based daycare. “At that time, I didn’t realize it but running my business helped me pick up newer skills in administration, accounting and finance.”

Today, Diana is an Information Officer with the federal government.
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