Annual Report 2010-2011

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Settlment Program

Immigrant Settlement Adaptation Program (ISAP)

This report highlights the commitments, achievements, and accomplishments of ISAP during Sep 2010 to August 2011. The objectives of ISAP were to increase awareness and accessibility of Citizenship and Immigration Canada settlement services. These services prepared service recipients for easier settlement and integration in their new country. As a result it enabled new Canadians to contribute socially, economically, and culturally in their new country. The settlement team successfully implemented Citizenship and Immigration Canada settlement programs based on the Modernized Settlement Approach and had input into a combination of settlement services as shown below. The settlement workers conducted 59 orientation/information sessions. These sessions covered several topics that helped the clients to enhance their awareness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective adaptation and integration in Canada.

Clients served with in their first year and after one year

September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 Marh 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011
Total of clients within the 1st and 2nd year = 544
1st year 21 30 17 19 32 21 31 37 16 25 25 18
After one year 09 06 19 23 14 39 37 17 14 28 27 19
Total 30 36 36 42 46 60 68 54 30 53 52 37

Outcomes Accomplished

The Centre provided services to 2,271 repeat clients and conducted initial assessments for an additional 544 new Canadians. The ISAP recipients were youth, children, women, men, seniors, and families from various ethnic groups including Somalis, Ethiopians, Arabs, Iraqis, and Rwandans.

September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 Marh 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011
Total of repeat clients: 2,271
203 204 190 201 208 190 177 162 166 137 200 233

Youth Programs

The Somali Centre’s Youth Program is designed to give youth the tools to make informed decisions and to better themselves, their families and communities. Our programs also provide parents and children with strong defenses against environmental risk factors by teaching appropriate skills for personal growth and family enhancement. We understand that youth face unique challenges. The decisions and path they chose at this time will direct their lives. This is why our programs are designed to give these amazing youth positive choices.


Annual Programs

  1. Leadership Training
  2. Employment opportunities
  3. Crime Prevention
  4. Sisters 4life Mentorship
  5. Overnight Camps
  6. Basketball programs
  7. Ski Trips
  8. Day camps
  9. Soccer League
  10. Educational workshops

Participants (by age groups)

  • 6-8 years old 10%
  • 9-11 years old 20%
  • 12-14 years old 40%
  • 15-19 years old 30%

Seniors Program

The Somali Center for Family Services provides supportive seniors services that promote independence, mobility, health, respect and dignity for seniors. Our goals are to:

  • Provide essential supportive services to help reduce isolation.
  • Provide information sessions regarding different health issues.
  • Weekly exercise program at three different locations.
  • Provide information about diet and healthy eating.
  • Provide telephone call assurances.
  • Settlement and integration for new seniors

Volunteer Program

The Somali Center for Family Services recruits talented and devoted volunteers who have a gained lifetime of skills and experience and now want to put in good use. The volunteer program gives a chance for experienced individuals to give back to society and gives newcomers a chance to adapt and integrate into our community. Our volunteers play a key role to help the newcomers overcome language barriers that they might face on their journey to integration, adaptation and settlement.

SCFS volunteer are the facilitators of these following settlement programs:

  • Chat & Social Conversation groups
  • Newcomers English Youth Summer Class
  • Newcomers French Youth Summer Class
  • Homework Club for Youth
  • Newcomers Youth March Break Class
  • One on One Tutoring
  • Group Tutoring
  • Citizenship preparation test class
  • Driving Licence preparation test class
  • Basic Computer class
  • Participation In Community Cup
  • Participation in M.A.C event
  • Participation in Multicultural Event

According to Volunteer Canada, here is what motivates volunteers:

  • Belief in the cause 98%
  • Use skills/experience 75%
  • Personally affected 70%
  • Explore personal strengths 46%
  • Religious obligations 40%
  • Friends volunteer 25%
  • Improve job skills 9%

For this fiscal year 2010 to 2011and over the last 3 years, recruitments and involvements of volunteers improved when progressively.

Year Number of Volunteers
2011 100
2010 70
2009 50
2008 30