Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society empowers immigrant and refugee women and children to fully participate in Canadian life through neighbourhood-based programs. Created in 1975, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has a long history of service and support to new Canadians. A pioneer and leader in the provision of programs that develop knowledge, skills and confidence, PIRS programs enrich lives, foster involvement and create a sense of belonging to break the patterns of social isolation and poverty. PIRS has served thousands of women, and our alumni and former volunteers can be found throughout the Lower Mainland’s social service sector and in business and government. In addition to English as an Additional Language, women’s leadership development and Early Childhood development programs which served 592 immigrant and refugee women in Vancouver and Burnaby, PIRS delivered: • Pop Up family drop in and ESL conversation circles, in partnership with ISSofBC and the Muslim Association of Canada to support Syrian refugees that served 236 children and 58 adults • Trauma-Informed Refugee English Language class and childcare at Edmonds School, targeted to learners who are struggling to engage in LINC classes due to trauma experience and barriers to entry. • English language class and childcare for Syrian refugees in partnership with Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House • In partnership with BC TEAL we placed volunteer ESL teacher with new refugee families Our partnerships are essential; our programs are mobile and are delivered in familiar communities and our Outreach workers build the bridges for our participants to access the programs they need. They connect participants to a network of agencies and immigrant groups and provide culturally appropriate support in a variety of languages that further reduce the barriers to entry.
1874 Kingsway, Vancouver BC, V5N2S7
Contact person: Mariam Bouchoutrouch
Business Number: 119075463RR0001
2 full-time staff
2016 Revenues: $513,352
2016 Expenditures: $401,681
Assets, 2016 Year End: $389,061
Liabilities, 2016 Year End: $267,372
Breakdown of Programs
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