In July and August, our YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs will focus on in-person appointment only critical services, as well as the introduction of small group outdoor programming. We will continue to offer other services remotely via telephone, email, and various online platforms. As fall approaches, the YMCA will be working with school and community partners to continue to deliver place-based settlement and language programs across the province in alignment with public health guidelines. The YMCA provides newcomer children, youth, and their families with a variety of programs and outreach services. Our approach is to deliver community-based support that is inclusive and welcoming. We also provide services for students at several partner schools. Our YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs helps newcomers to Canada settle into their new communities while also supporting the community in understanding the issues and barriers they face. With funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, our YMCA offers several programs to help immigrants feel at home and engaged in our community. The YMCA is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all. The safety of our members, participants, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance, and therefore we will take the appropriate measures to ensure that we are abiding by Public Health regulations. Please read our COVID-19 Policy and Practices
November 26, 2020 – COVID Operational Update In support of public health priorities, the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs will be limiting in-person services and programs until December 10, 2020, when a reassessment by public health will take place. In-person access to the Centre will by appointment and urgent situations. Centre-based programming will be offered virtually. These programs include:
- Client Intake
- Youth Outreach
- Active Living
- Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project
- Employment and Education
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
- Canada Connects
- 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomers
- Saturday Study Skills
Mobile Crisis can be reached virtually by phone or email. In-person appointments with a Mobile Crisis worker are reserved for urgent crises while ensuring health measures such as physical distancing, mask-wearing, disinfecting and hand sanitizing are followed. The School Settlement program will continue to provide support while aligning with Public Health directives as it pertains to school operations. YREACH and programs based outside of HRM will follow community-specific guidance. Throughout these two weeks, YMCA will continue to provide client-informed services that are responsive to ongoing and emerging needs. Please refer to our website www.ymcahfx.ca and social media channels for timely and accessible information about public health and safety protocols. We are dedicated to supporting the needs, wellness and engagement of newcomers by remaining available through email, phone and online. Please reach out to us by contacting (902) 457-9622 or consulting the following information to contact our programs directly.
Mobile Crisis Team
The Mobile Crisis Team are here to support clients in navigating their way through accessing critical needs during this difficult time, this includes needs like income assistance, housing, Employment Insurance, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to name a few.
YMCA Active Living
Our provincial YMCA Settlement Staff continue to provide information, and settlement/integration support to Immigrants, Refugees, and their families who are new to communities outside of HRM.
Provincial Language Services Team provides remote instruction as well as in-person classes in areas where appropriate.