What We Do
We take the safety of our participants and staff seriously. We are working with our partners to develop health and safety plans that will minimize the risks once we do move back to on-site delivery. Access is important – we are stepping up training for participants and staff through a Digital Literacy Program, and we’re increasing the 1-1 outreach support. In response to increasing needs, we’ve also partnered with United Way to deliver an emergency food hub.
We support immigrant and refugee women and children to become active participants in Canadian society. Participants learn about their communities, their new country, and ultimately, about themselves. PIRS programs build a strong foundation for success.
Our programs follow a trauma-informed approach and offer safe spaces for immigrant and refugee women to learn, build confidence and develop meaningful friendships. We provide childcare, so the women attending our programs have peace of mind, and the freedom to be fully engaged in their growth. In the past year alone, we have served 1,339 women and children, making us leaders in our sector.
PIRS offers the following online services, open to newcomer women of all ages and experiences:
- English Classes
- Children and Family Programs
- Outreach Support
- Women’s Leadership and Development Programs
- Childcare Training
- Volunteer opportunities
Here’s what our student Freishta had to say about our programs:
“Since I joined the Early Years Refugee Program and PIRS’ English classes, I feel happy and less isolated. I observed that my son has improved his vocabulary. Now I encourage him to speak when he points out something, instead of giving it to him right away. Both my children have developed social skills. They play much better, take turns and help me with the clean-up.”
Do you want to get involved? We would love to hear from you, contact us today!