Refugees & Newcomers

Refugees & Newcomers

Promise of Partnership

Aligning Mental Health Services for Government Assisted and Privately Sponsored Refugees

The Promise of Partnership Project is a joint project between Carizon Family and Community Services and Reception House Waterloo Region with funding provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The aim of the project is to provide mental health supports to government assisted and privately sponsored refugees who have been resettled in the K-W Community.

The project also aims to raise community awareness about the needs of these newcomers, and build capacity within the social service and mental health sectors.

Services Offered

  • Group counselling programs which are responsive to emerging needs
  • Mental Health System Navigation
  • Support and Advocacy for clients
  • Educational workshops for community service providers, educators and community members
  • Community Outreach
  • Consultations for Community Service Organizations
  • Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Workshops for settlement workers and community service providers

To learn more about “The Promise of Partnership Project,” or to make a referral, contact: the Promise of Partnership at promise@carizon.ca or 519.741-1122.

Current POP Group Programs

Tea Time – Women join together weekly for 8 weeks to discuss issues that pertain to their experiences adjusting to life in Canada, and to learn strategies to enhance their health and well-being. Thursdays 3 – 5pm

Standing Strong (Teen Girls Group) – Designed to empower girls to seek and create opportunities for getting involved in their community, establish healthy coping strategies, inspire self-love and enhance life skills for a bright future! For female youth age 12 -16

Talk it Through – Is an 8 week group for parents of children of all ages. This group provides participants with opportunities to share wisdom, and learn new tool, and support each other on their parenting journey in their new community. This group promises to help promote the total well-being of parents.

Fabulous Kids – children develop and expanding their social – emotional skills in ways that will help them succeed at integrating into their new community. This group runs at the same time and location as our “Talk it Through” parents group and is for children ages 7 to 11

Youth in Two Cultures – This group will assist youth with understanding and recognizing mental health, its manifestation, and how it impacts their lives. This is a 10 week group for male youth age 12 – 16. Fridays 4-6 at Chandler Mowat Community Centre

Youth in Diverse Cultures – A group for older male youth is designed to increase mental health knowledge, de-stigmatize mental health issues, and develop healthy coping skills. This is a 10 week group for male youth age 17 – 24. Tuesdays, 4-6pm, at Downtown Community Centre

Please Note – All groups are FREE of Charge. Snacks and Bus tickets are also provided.

Please Call 519-741-1122 to Register for Group Today

The Promise of Partnership

Reception House 
Waterloo Region

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada