Each life journey is Unique
The YWCA is developing a new bilingual project which aims to promote the socio-economic integration of immigrant women who have experienced a difficult life journey. Our goal is to support them on their path to autonomy and address their specific barriers to integration in order to make them less vulnerable.
Some women arrive in Montreal with trauma resulting from a history of different kinds of violence and many life challenges. Our multidimensional approach focuses on their particular needs while considering the impact of their migration on their lives and those of their families.
We offer comprehensive support that will connect participants to emergency assistance services and resources to meet their basic needs. In addition, they will have access to integration workshops on themes such as job search, managing personal finances, intercultural communication and understanding of Quebec society. The support also includes a psychosocial follow-up to address their emotions and trauma through the practice of physical and artistic activities.
The Unique program is flexible and can be adapted to meet the specific needs of each woman. We offer a 4 to 5 months free and confidential accompaniment according to participants’ needs. The process is organized in four phases:
- Pre-employability and stability
- Reinforcement of employability and social networking skills / trauma management
- Exploring economic opportunities / social and civic participation
- Strengthen economic and social/ civic opportunities
We are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:
- Must be a woman or identify as a woman
- Must be 18 years old or older
- Must be a newcomer experiencing difficulty to integrate
- Must live in a precarious economic situation
- Must have a weak social and community network
- Must have experienced a difficult life journey
- Must be motivated to participate
- 4 to 5 months of free comprehensive support
- Confidential psychosocial follow-up
- Information on emergency aid services and resources
- Integration workshops
- Support for citizen and social participation
- Introduction to job search
- Registration to CREP and access to:
- Support for social integration (filling out forms, finding a school, finding training, etc.)
- Access to a school counsellor, support for the TDG, TENS
- Learning and support in social integration in computer science (group and individual classes, Microsoft tools, social media, etc.)
- French as a second language classes
- Discount on the STM monthly fare
- Download Microsoft office 365 for free during the registration period
- Access to cultural activities (free outings to museums, for example)
- Loan of a laptop
* Benefits offered by the CREP, according to participant’s needs and availability. YWCA is not responsible for this service.
We are looking for these unique women who could benefit from our project!
Contact us for more information by our contact form or by phone at: 514 866-9941, extension 223.