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HIPPY Reviving Hope and Home during COVID-19


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Group Admins

Help newcomer women with young children overcome extreme isolation due to language, literacy, health, and financial challenges during the current COVID-19 health crisis by bringing virtual settlement services into their homes.

The Group’s Purpose

The current COVID-19 health crisis creates extraordinary hardships for newcomer refugee women with young children. Current social restrictions to protect public health further compound this isolation. HIPPY Reviving Hope and Home supports vulnerable refugee and newcomer mothers by bringing settlement services into their homes. Virtual home visits by fully-trained individuals – many who were former refugee mothers themselves – provide newcomer mothers with practical information and support to help them and their families not only weather the COVID-19 health crisis, but to also adjust successfully to life in Canada.

How to Help

Your generous financial donation will go towards:

  • Employing and training six former refugee or newcomer mothers as Home Visitors to become familiar with:

    • basic settlement services and resources for referral purposes,

    • a variety of digital conferencing tools so they can continue providing services with COVID-19 distancing measures in place, and,

    • critical information about government and local COVID-19 supports for families.

  • Supporting weekly home visits for refugee mothers by Home Visitors to build trust, informally practice English, and share issues;

  • Assisting refugee mothers in learning about their rights and duties and building social support networks; and,

  • Facilitating monthly support group meetings for the refugee mothers through virtual connection.

About the Organizers

The program is offered by the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) in collaboration with the Mothers Matter Centre (MMC), home of the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program in Canada.