The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates a transitional housing complex in downtown Winnipeg called IRCOM House. In addition to housing IRCOM also provides services to newcommer families.
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates a transitional housing complex in downtown Winnipeg. IRCOM House offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival.
In addition IRCOM provides onsite supports and services including an After-School Program for children and youth, An Asset Building Program for those interested in learning about money in the Canadian context and participating in a matched savings program as well as a Community Resource Program that connects community members with employment, education, and various health resources throughout Winnipeg. IRCOM also runs the Newcomer Literacy Initiative which consists of daily English as an Additional Language classes with free childcare available.
IRCOM House is home to families from diverse cultural, educational, linguistic and professional backgrounds. Current residents of IRCOM come from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Haiti, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Russia, Somalia and Sudan.
IRCOM is guided by a volunteer board of directors and is funded through a variety of sources. Key supporters include the City of Winnipeg Community Services Department, Manitoba Labour and Immigration, RBC, United Way Winnipeg, and Rogers Communications.
Housing: To provide safe and affordable transitional housing to low-income newcomer families in their 1st three years of living in Canada. To ultimately provide newcomer families with a comfortable and nurturing environment that empowers both parents and children to smoothly adapt to their new community.
Programming: To connect people with quality and accessible programs that support participants and community members to gain the tools they need to integrate and settle into Winnipeg life. Our programs will consistently aim to fill gaps and build partnerships with others working in the community and settlement sectors.
Be agents of change: Help to facilitate systematic change by engaging the public and policy makers to better understand newcomer issues, while highlighting the stories and voices of newcomers with the goal of achieving wider societal change.
Build Community: Create and support a community within and beyond IRCOM where individuals feel safe, loved, cared for, welcome, supported, respected and included.
Develop as ‘learning’ organization: To be a ‘learning organization’ that is always developing, adapting and growing, as we work to meet the changing needs of our staff, stakeholders and community members.
95 Ellen Street
Call: (204) 943-8765