MPP Deb Matthews was at the Muslim Resource Centre on December 19th to celebrate an investment of up to $1,040,000 over five years to support newcomers and refugees in London and area who are experiencing family conflict.
The funding flows through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and will help facilitate service coordination for a range of social services that support families in the London area. Ontario is committed to supporting the settlement and integration of newcomers and refugees, as well as the prevention of family conflict and/or violence.
This project will support immigrant families in the London, Ontario area that are at risk of, or are currently experiencing conflict and violence. The objective of the project is to promote and maintain family safety by addressing the needs of newcomer women and children while respecting the core values of their families. The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) will work to identify the unique social and economic circumstances of at-risk families, with a focus on understanding their cultural context as an essential part of planning and providing effective intervention services. MRCSSI will work directly with families as well as the network of government and non-government social service providers in the London area to establish a system of culturally responsive services to address identified needs quickly and effectively.
The project outcomes are to:
- Decrease the escalation of violence and disruption in families through prevention;
- Decrease the duration and level of involvement of newcomers in mandated services (e.g., police, long-term victim services, shelter supports, long-term mental health hospitalization, etc.);
- Decrease the number of children entering the care of child welfare services.
This program stems from the Muslim Family Safety Project and the Safe Integration Project which was developed under the leadership of Mohammed Baobaid, the Muslim Resource Centre’s Executive Director.