Newcomer Women

Supporting the Success of Immigrant Women

Newcomer Women Group

Over time the YMCA has developed some programs specifically to address the needs of Newcomer Women.  At the YMCA we believe that connecting with others will make you stronger and make your community stronger and that's good for everyone. 

YMCA programs for Newcomer Women are designed to so that the participants make new connections, learn new skills, improve language skills and gain self-confidence. The YMCA has been a provider of settle services to newcomers since 1985 and has expanded to offer a broad spectrum of programs and services to immigrants and newcomers in Waterloo Region.

Programs that are offered for Newcomer Women:

Investing in Women's Futures

A Pre-Employment and Life Skills Program with three components that include: Industrial Sewing Training, Computer Training and Individual Counselling. This program is funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate and is open to all women that can work in Canada.  Registration is required, but there is no cost to participate.

Healthy Lifestyles

Community based workshops that support women make new friendships, practice English and learn about community resources with an emphasis on self-care and healthy choices for body, mind and spirit.  This program is funded by the Kitchener-Waterloo United Way and is open to all women. This is a drop-in program and is at no cost to participate.

Mother's Support Groups in School

These groups are offered in partnership with the local school boards and are located at elementary and secondary schools.  These groups support parents to learn more about the education system, meet other parents and to become more engaged in their children's school community.  These groups are at no cost to participate but please register with your School Settlement Worker.

Immigrant Women Together

A ten week group support program offered in partnership with KW Counselling Services. Registration is required to participate and there is no cost to participate.

For more information on these programs visit our Programs page, call us at: 519-597-9622, or email us.