You can stay.
Those three powerful words change the trajectory of lives.
They change the lives of babies, children, youth and adults who have fled their homelands and arrived seeking refuge in our province.
Many have survived unimaginable injustices and traumas, yet they show tremendous courage, resilience, and hope. They come due to civil war, or due to political or religious persecution, or because they are escaping forced marriages. They come because of who they love, who they are and what they believe in.
We receive no government core funding; we are privately funded and generate most of our operating revenue from ordinary people who believe in our work.
Our office was generously donated to us, and having a low overhead means we can invest dollars where they are most needed: improving the lives of refugees and advocating for a more inclusive and vibrant Nova Scotia. With your help, we can say “yes” each time we are asked to help. Your contribution directly supports people seeking protection in Nova Scotia so that they can stay and rebuild their lives here.
What People Are Saying
"When I first came to the HRC, I was traumatized and homeless. From the day I stepped in, I received a warm welcome which made me feel like I wasn't alone in the world. Staff and my lawyers prepared me for the refugee hearing.... the heartfelt support was a precious help to accomplish my journey"
— A client helped by the Halifax Refugee Clinic
"In response to the current refugee crisis in Europe, in protest against Trump's 120 ban on refugees entering the USA, and in support of making Canada and Halifax in particular as welcoming a place as possible to refugees"
— Monthly Donor, Canda Helps
"Thank you for all your hard work and commitment. You are reaching out to so many persons who would not have anywhere else to go for support and advice. I hope this donation will help you reach more because each one matters"
— Donor, Canada Helps
"Keep up the good work! You may never hear from many "ordinary" people, but we are here and are proud of your work"
— Clinic Supporter
"I was desperate for someone to help me out as I had no place to stay or no money to buy food. They received me as a family member who was lost and found. From finding a place to stay to free legal service for my claim, they gave me all I needed to settle in Halifax. "
— A Client
"The Clinic helped me to thought out the asylum-seeking and permanent residence application. I also received help with resettlement, and work permit, and resume preparation. I am so grateful for the caring, supportive, and committed staff. I received care – physical, emotional, and material support""
— A Client