Founded in 2009, the MRCSSI is a not-for-profit organization helping families and individuals overcome the challenges that impact their family safety.  We recognize that many people have unique challenges and we seek to support them using a culturally integrative service. 


Our mission is to establish social support networks for the diverse London communities in dealing with issues of integration, family conflict, domestic violence and children in conflict with the law. We work to build the capacity needed to overcome challenges that families may face at different stages in their lives. MRCSSI creates a safe place for individuals and families by offering culturally integrative family violence prevention and intervention services.


Our main focus is to ensure that professional support, guidance and advocacy are available to members of our communities at all times.  We create a safe pathway of integration for those who are new to Canada.

The goals of the MRCSSI include:

· Empowerment: Building individuals’ abilities to make decisions with a view of different perspectives and long-term consequences.

· Integration: Inclusion of individuals and families into society.

· Networking: Creation of social and professional connections that help tackle visible and invisible barriers.

· Education: Awareness, capacity building, and coaching advocacy for communities and service providers.    


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Mohammed Baobaid, PhD

Executive Director


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Eugene Tremblay, MSW

Clinical Director



Yasmin Hussain

Violence Prevention Manager


Board of Directors

Awad Hilal • Barb MacQuarrie • Bonnie MacLachlan • Irv Augstine • Melikie Joseph
Mihad Fahmy • Razia Hassan • Saleha Khan • Sohail Makhdoom • Zan Saleemi


From the outset, Dr Mohammed Baobaid had a vision to provide Muslims with the resources to strengthen and support their families in times of conflict. This was the very essence behind the establishment of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI), the origins of which can be traced back to the year 2002.

It was in 2002 when Dr Baobaid’s research identified gaps and barriers to accessing support services by Muslims impacted by domestic violence. By June 2004, Dr Baobaid’s research findings prompted him to bring together leaders of the Muslim community and mainstream service providers for a community consultation workshop at the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss their future collaboration in addressing domestic violence within the Muslim community. There was consensus among all in attendance regarding the necessity to engage in meaningful partnerships so as to respond to the needs of Muslim individuals and families in the most appropriate manner.

Later that year, Dr Baobaid officially launched the the Muslim Family Safety Project (MFSP) at the London Muslim Mosque. The main goals of MFSP were to raise awareness within the Muslim community on domestic violence, and at the same time help service providers meet the needs of Muslim families impacted by domestic violence by promoting collaboration, dialogue and understanding.

In 2005, MFSP became the Muslim Family Support Service (MFSS). The purpose was to assist Muslim individuals and families during personal and interpersonal difficulties by acting as a referral service and an intermediary between partner organizations. This resulted in an increase in the number of Muslim families requesting assistance from culturally meaningful services.

In 2009, Dr Baobaid established MRCSSI based on the key learnings from the Muslim Family Safety Project (MFSP) and the Muslim Family Support Services (MFSS).  At the core of our service is the need to develop more culturally meaningful responses to domestic violence. MRCSSI has developed impactful strategies to respond to complex needs of Muslim and Arab families by using a strengths-based, culturally integrative approach. This includes providing counselling for families experiencing trauma, collaboration with mainstream services to find a holistic approach to address underlying issues of conflicts and violence, public awareness around the issues, workshops for service providers and additional research into best practices for effective responses.