We are fortunate to have many organizations locally that support our newcomer population. Some organizations focus on this solely, such as Reception House. However, many others have expanded their programs to include programs that specifically support newcomers. SHORE Centre is one of those places. Their Newcomer Health Programs "provide newcomers with accurate information, access to community resources and non-judgmental support in their own language. The program reduces barriers by providing childcare and bus tickets and addresses cultural and religious sensitivities by using trained peer facilitators from the participants’ cultural community."
These programs are offered through partnerships with several other organizations such as local community centres, the Kitchener Public Library, the KW Multicultural Centre, and the Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. The Healthy Women, Healthy Family, Healthy Community program is offered Tuesdays starting at 5pm at the Downtown Community Centre. A variety of topics are discussed such as family planning and community resources, parenting, and healthy relationships. Find out more on the SHORE Centre website. #365ofgoodWR