The Promise of Partnership Project is a joint project between Carizon Family and Community Services and Reception House Waterloo Region.
The aim of the project is to provide mental health supports to government assisted and privately sponsored refugees as well as people with protected persons status 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.
Community Well-Being Orientation Sessions
The Community Well-Being Orientation sessions are provided to each new refugee who is received at Reception House within the first month of arrival and is organized in collaboration with Reception House. This service is designed to normalize the reactions individuals and families may have during this period of settlement, help them to understand the stages of immigration and its psychological impacts with a preventative focus.
Group programs are planned and facilitated based on community needs and interest and approached with a great degree of cultural humility. Promise of Partnership offers group programs to support newcomer children, youth and adults.
This is an opportunity for newcomers to speak with a POP staff about mental health concerns, accessing community resources or any other topics that relate to their wellbeing. Drop in hours are held at local secondary schools in areas that are determined to have a high population of newcomer families and in the community for newcomer youth identified as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Drop in programs may be provided at other settlement service organizations such as YMCA Immigrant Services and/or Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre.
Community Education Sessions and Mental Health Workshops
Community education sessions are offered to community members with the goal of providing a broader understanding of newcomer mental health and their experiences to increase community capacity to support newcomers. Mental Health Workshops are offered to newcomers as requested by community partners with a focus on destigmatizing mental health and increasing awareness and understanding of POP program.
To learn more about “The Promise of Partnership Project” or to make a referral, please email@example.com or 519-743-6333 ext. 2413.