PIRS programs work to support immigrant and refugee women to integrate into Canadian community life. The focus of the Outreach Support Worker position is to develop a relationship of trust in order to bridge isolated newcomer women to programs that will help them develop a sense of social inclusion and belonging.
Our goal is that participants feel included, that they experience life satisfaction and recognize the social and economic benefits of immigrating to Canada, and feel confident accessing public services and community resources, the workplace and that they make social and professional connections within the broader community.
Outreach Support Workers:
- Recruit potential participants using strength-based approaches
- Support participants to navigate various systems (i.e. social, legal, educational, economic, health) and to participate in civic processes, exercise their rights, and fulfill their responsibilities within the context of Canada’s laws
- Support facilitators, teachers and early childhood staff to respond to emerging needs
- Make referrals to the appropriate service or institution
- Provide first language support as needed
- Monitor and record clients’ progress
Visit Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program for more information.
PIRS’ recruitment process is ongoing. The Outreach Support Worker ensures that we reach participants that are not yet accessing mainstream settlement services.