Team Rowaan
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $2,000.00

Our Message

On October 3, I’m riding to help connect refugee claimants to safe, supportive housing in Hamilton through Open Homes Hamilton. Open Homes Hamilton is a multi-church network supporting newly arrived refugee claimants by offering home-based hospitality. One of the projects Open Homes Hamilton is raising money for this year is their Housing bridge fund, which helps connect refugee claimants to long-term housing. Often paying first and last month's rent is a major barrier for refugee claimants--they obviously don't have that kind of money in their bank accounts. Ontario Works offers a one-time amount to help, but you have to apply for it and may not receive it. They often end up in a situation where a potential landlord wants a deposit to secure the space before signing the papers that OW needs to transfer the refugee’s address BUT OW won't release the funding until they have those papers signed, so the refugee ends up in a catch-22 situation. That's where Open Homes wants to fill the gap by loaning people enough for one month's rent, which they would pay back when and if they receive the special one-time funding from OW. It would be a revolving fund, but there could be some loss of funds along the way if OW refuses someone's application, so we want a strong base to start from. Our hope is that this fund would make long-term housing more accessible for Open Homes guests--getting a refugee claimant housed and connected to community is a cause for celebration! Thank you for your interest in supporting this ministry!

Event Date
Oct 3, 2020 8:00 AM
Location Name
RIDE Anywhere
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Charity Selection

We're fundraising for...
International Association For Refugees

Our Team

Our Supporters

Brendan Rowaan donated $200.00
Oct 4, 2020 10:55 AM
Friend of the RIDE! donated an undisclosed amount
Oct 3, 2020 10:59 AM
Janet and Rob left a message
Sep 28, 2020 5:39 PM
Have a great ride! Go Team Rowaan!
Robert Hiemstra Medical Professional Corporation donated $300.00
Sep 28, 2020 5:39 PM
Rose Skinner donated $50.00
Sep 25, 2020 2:19 PM
James Rowaan donated $100.00
Sep 25, 2020 9:03 AM
Barb & Ed Wesselius donated $100.00
Sep 19, 2020 3:19 PM
Jake & Irene de Boer donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 18, 2020 1:42 PM
Friend of the RIDE! donated $100.00
Sep 15, 2020 9:42 PM
Rita left a message
Sep 15, 2020 5:57 PM
Enjoy The Ride Rowaan family!! Hope the weather is great and the wind is on your back!
Peter & Rita Beerda donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 15, 2020 5:55 PM
Bart and Jean Devries donated $100.00
Sep 15, 2020 12:57 PM
Friend of the RIDE! donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 15, 2020 8:40 AM
George Rowaan donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 15, 2020 6:44 AM
Ray & Janet Beldman donated $50.00
Sep 13, 2020 5:14 PM
Denise Taylor donated $25.00
Sep 13, 2020 1:27 PM
Sharon- International Association for Refugees Canada left a message
Jul 2, 2020 10:35 AM
Thank you, Team Rowaan, for helping refugees in Hamilton have a warm, welcoming place to stay when they arrive! You are truly making a difference that matters.