Specialized services for refugees in Manitoba

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Whether you need help for housing, employment, health, language and other services, Manitoba agencies are prepared to serve you. Most Settlement Provider Organizations (SPO) provide assistance to newcomers, whether you are a temporary or permanent resident, refugee, and in some cases, even when you’re already a citizen. The services mentioned here are some of the specially designed, free programs for refugees and their families:

Counselling and referral services

Family Dynamics – The community-based agency has the program Family Supports for Refugees to help high needs refugee families with multiple barriers. Through supportive counselling, interpretation support, goal setting, and other assistance, they help families adjust to life in Canada. The following video shows the organization’s personalized service to refugee families:

Settlement supports

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) – IRCOM provides transitional housing as well as onsite supports and services. They have a Child Care Program to take care of kids of participants in IRCOM’s workshops, an After School Program for children and the youth, and a Community Resource Program that connects members with employment, education, and health resources. IRCOM also runs a Newcomer Literacy Initiative. To know how to avail of IRCOM’s services, check their website. If you are interested in applying for transitional housing, go to Process/Criteria.

NEEDS Centre in Winnipeg – This organization’s settlement services range from English language training to psycho-social support for youth and adults. Their program, Introduction to Canadian Education (for refugee youth aged 6-17 who are awaiting placement in Canadian schools) provides English skills development, recreational activities, computer skills training and psycho-social support. Meanwhile, its Youth After-School Programs help refugee and immigrant youth aged 12-17 avail of supports like the Homework Club, computer programs, crisis intervention and psycho-social support.

MOSAIC Newcomer Family Resource Network – MOSAIC offers its Positive Discipline Program for newcomer families in Arabic. Aside from its other newcomer family programs such as Nobody’s Perfect and Family Literacy, it also offers the LINC program, which is a part-time English training course supplemented with quality child care services.

Immigrant Centre – Among the many services of the Immigrant Centre is its Access English Centre which offers refugees and other newcomers the opportunity to practice English in a conversational setting. English as a Second Language (EAL) learners of all levels participate in sessions during the week focusing on topics of interest and importance to adult newcomers.

EDGE Skills Centre – The organization offers EDGE EAL which is an English Language instruction program for Canadian Language Benchmarks 1-7. The program runs Monday to Friday in the mornings or afternoons, especially for those working part-time or doing shift work. They also offer child care between the ages 19 months to four years for newcomer parent learners.

English Online –The organization provides informal, flexible and learner-directed English language training especially for newcomers who have limited time due to work or family concerns. Training is done online and is based on settlement topics to provide essential information for living in Manitoba. Learners can choose to study by themselves, in a group, peer to peer, or one-on-one with an e-facilitator. Refugees can also freely access settlement articles and other resources which can be translated into Arabic or other languages via Google Translate or Bing.

Employment Training

NEEDS Centre – NEEDS also has a Youth Employment Program for refugee and immigrant youth (grades 10-12) in need of employability skills. This training exposes them to career opportunities, Canadian workplace education, workplace experience, mentorship and psycho-social support provided by social workers.

The Life & Employability Enhancement Program (LEEP) – This is a unique, 21-week pre-employment training program for newcomer war-affected youth aged 15-30. Refugees learn about workplace expectations, Canadian culture, communication, conflict resolution, and computer skills to facilitate their integration into the workforce. Participants will also be immersed in a work experience and placement program that matches their skill level, experience and employment goals. Find out more about LEEP at 51 Morrow Avenue, Winnipeg, or call 204-415-2232. You can also email resourcespecialist.bmfrc@shaw.ca for more information.

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Community Resources

Manitoba groups interested in sponsoring refugee families, refugees with special needs, or refugees with relatives in Manitoba can seek support from Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), Welcome Place. They can get guidance on choosing which refugee family to sponsor; help in completing sponsorship applications, developing a support plan, and coordinating settlement support services; assistance with challenges newcomer families face; and help with financial guarantees or assistance (initial funding provided by the Government of Manitoba).

These are just some of the available support services in Manitoba. For immediate assistance, or other concerns, contact your nearest Immigrant Serving Organization or Neighborhood Immigrant Settlement Worker.

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