Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
About Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
IRCOM strives to empower newcomer families to integrate into the wider community through affordable transitional housing, programs, and services. We provide safe and affordable transitional housing to low-income newcomer families in their 1st three years of living in Canada. Our aim is to ultimately provide newcomer families with a comfortable and nurturing environment that empowers both parents and children to smoothly adapt to their new community. We connect people with quality and accessible programs that support participants and community members to gain the tools they need to integrate and settle into Winnipeg life. Our programs will consistently aim to fill gaps and build partnerships with others working in the community and settlement sectors.
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As a precautionary measure, IRCOM has suspended all in-person programming until November 1st, 2020. We continue to follow all public health protocols including physical distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, and minimizing all direct contact. As our children and youth return to school, to reduce additional exposure, we’re taking the extra step of delaying the resumption of our in-person services. Thank you for your continued understanding and support. Please stay in touch! You can reach us at (204) 943-8765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRCOM offers a wide variety of programs and services for IRCOM tenants and community members:
- After School Programs: After School Programs are open to all children ages 6-12 and youth under 19, or under 21 if still in school. The programs running include Children's Program, Youth Program, Homework and Education for Youth Program, Youth Employment Program, and a variety of sports and recreational programming. Programs occur 5-7 days a week.
- Community Resource Program: This program works to connect IRCOM tenants with the resources and support they require in order to succeed in their new environment. The CRP and its staff provide newcomers with support services, community links, training and referrals that will enable and empower them to live independently in a Canadian context.
- Asset and Capacity Building Programs: These programs aim to build the capacity of low-income newcomer households to manage their finances and save money for the purchase of assets that will yield long-term benefits for individuals, their families, and their communities. The programs are open to all community members.
- Child Care Program: This program allows parents to attend English language classes as well as a variety of workshops and courses that support both the parents and their children in their transition to their new community. Child care is available to participants in IRCOM programming or workshops.
- Newcomer Literacy Initiative: IRCOM offers English classes (Foundations and CLB 1-2) for IRCOM tenants.
- Volunteer and Community Services Program: IRCOM provides many essential community services to its tenants and the surrounding neighbourhood through the help of our committed volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at IRCOM, please find an application form on our website.
- Greening Program: In the Greening Program, leaders helps IRCOM tenants transform balcony space into lush gardens.
- Common Ground, Stronger Voices Project:This brings Indigenous and newcomer communities together in an open learning environment. IRCOM continues to be committed to working closely with Indigenous communities in our neighbourhoods and beyond to help build trust and understanding.