PIRS’ vision is to work towards a society that values the contributions of immigrant women and their families. Our priority is the empowerment of all self-identified newcomer women, and their children. The women we work with face multiple systemic barriers including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare, and weak social and employment supports.
Grounded in trauma-informed practice, our work enhances the well-being, dignity and social connections of immigrant and refugee women and their children by delivering programs and services specially designed to meet their unique needs. Our programs and services are accessible without fees to all women. We use an integrated, trauma-informed approach, addressing women's identified needs and working with them to learn and address their unexpressed needs. Outreach Support Workers (OSWs) support all programs, providing one-to-one advocacy and accompaniment to help newcomer women navigate barriers and utilize services.
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