Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

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Tel: (403)4441759
Address: #200, 138, 4 AVE, SE Calgary Alberta

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Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 as a registered charity. CIWA is a culturally diverse settlement agency that recognizes, responds to, and focuses on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families. CIWA’s uniqueness is based on having a narrow gender related mandate, which has provided best practices in developing customised female focused initiatives. These initiatives always include children and their well-being as important outcomes of our engagement. During its 35-year history, CIWA has developed innovative programs, entered into partnerships and become an organization that is truly responsive to the unique and diverse needs of its constituency. Over the years, CIWA has made the transition to Canada a more comfortable, pleasant and successful one for more than 80,000 immigrant women.

Currently, CIWA offers 40 programs and projects that use a holistic approach to service delivery in the areas of settlement and integration, literacy and language training, employment support and bridging programs, family violence, parenting, individual counselling, in-home support, civic engagement, health, housing and community development. All clients coming to CIWA, for group session or individual appointments, have access to childcare support. We provide customized programs for youth and seniors. One of the most distinguishing features of our service delivery approach is community-based programming. We work in collaboration with community partners and offer programs and services in more than 119 locations around Calgary.
Over the years, CIWA has been honoured to receive recognition for our commitment to immigrant women and their families by the community.

Program Description

At CIWA we provide a number of services to meet the diverse needs of immigrant and refugee women and their families. All services are free of charge with access to childcare support. Our service areas include:

  • Settlement and integration services
  • Literacy programs
  • Language training programs
  • Bridge to work programs
  • Employment support
  • Programs for mothers with babies
  • In-home support
  • Family conflict counselling
  • Parenting programs
  • Youth programs
  • Civic engagement services
  • Crime prevention education
  • Emergency housing
  • Customized programs for seniors
  • Health education programs
  • Computer training programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Legal services
  • Tax clinic
  • Childcare support
  • Community development initiatives
  • Home visitation programs
Areas of Focus
  • One to one
  • Peer mentoring
  • Group mentoring
  • Cross-age Mentoring
  • Informal
  • Formal
Ages of Mentees
  • 5-10
  • 11-15
  • 16-18
  • 18-24
Special Populations
  • Girls/Women
Immigrant and refugee children/youth

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