Brief Description of the Initiative
The Vision of the program is a safe and thriving newcomer community with engaged youth and families who are well integrated and positively contributing.
The Purpose of this initiative is to:
- Create innovative solutions to intersectional community safety and well-being challenges.
- To Work together collaboratively rather than duplicating services or working as silos.
- To adopt a Community Mobilization Approach, creating a more streamlined and integrated support system.
The Mission of this initiative is to:
- Ensure that participants are moving towards their goals, by reducing barriers and increasing communication and collaboration among different systems.
- Ensure participants are no longer engaged in activities, which are a detriment to both themselves and the community at large.
- To reduce crime and incarceration rates for newcomer youth.
- To connect youth to relevant social services in a timely manner.
- Make full use of community resources to address the underlying causes of crime.
- Engage youth and their families help them better navigate and connect with support services in their communities.
- Build the capacity of our youth participants to divert them from crime.
- Prevent recidivism and to help those in conflict with the law make positive choices and find a healthy path in life.
What is the model of the Initiative?
- Follows a collaboration model of service delivery that centers on enhancing individual/family well-being and safety by engaging, working together, and building relationships.
- The Model guides the Support Team to fully collaborate with each other and the individual/family while unlocking and mobilizing existing agency resources, tools, and practices.
Who is a Newcomer?
- Is an immigrant or refugee who is adapting to life in Canada.
- Being a newcomer isn't defined by a specific time.
- Goes beyond IRCC definition of newcomers which is based on citizenship.
What issues the initiative can assist with?
- Poor school attendance or academic achievement.
- Involvement with law enforcement or the justice system.
- Mental or physical health concerns.
- Unstable or unsafe housing or living conditions.
- Safety planning and many others.
Who is eligible to participate in the initiative?
- Newcomer individuals with complex needs involved with multiple agencies.
- Isolated or not connected to any services and could benefit from some support.
- Systemic barriers prevent the newcomer individual or family from achieving success.
- Address systemic issues strongly related to community safety and well-being.
- Have escalating safety concerns: if nothing changes soon someone might get hurt, might get apprehended or become homeless.
- Immigrants and refugees who live in Winnipeg and preferably downtown/ inner city areas.
What is the Newcomer Initiative Hub?
- The newcomer hub is the formal multi-sectoral committee of the newcomer mobilization Initiative that consists of 10+ representatives from various collaborative partner agencies.
- The Hub meets once to twice a month for 2-3 hours.
The newcomer hub is responsible for:
- System mobilization discussion.
- Service delivery mobilization.
- System barrier discussion.
- Resource discussion.
Who are the Newcomer Initiative Hub Members?
- Manitoba Justice.
- Winnipeg Police Service (WPS).
- General Child and Family Services Authority (GA).
- Employment, and Income Assistance (EIA).
- Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
- Winnipeg School Division.
- Child & Youth Services, Department of Families.
- City of Winnipeg.
- Manitoba Housing.
- Probation Service.
- Victim Service.
- Aurora Family Therapy.
- Ethno-Cultural Council of Manitoba (ECCM)
How to Refer Clients to the Newcomer Initiative?
- Referrals can be sent to the email address on the application form once it is completed.
- The email address on the form is: email@example.com
- It is advisable for referral agencies or individuals to send us encrypted or password-protected electronic documents.
- Self referrals are accepted.
- Referrals can also be mailed out to our mailing address below:
Bilal Community and Family Centre
Newcomer Community Mobilization Initiative (NCMI)
33 Warnock St,
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3L6