Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society's mission is to empower immigrant and refugee women and children. With 42 years’  experience of delivering English classes, immigrant women’s development and early childhood development, PIRS’ work enriches the lives of individuals and families. Our programs help support immigrant women and their children become involved in the community by fostering a sense of belonging and breaking down patterns of social isolation, poverty and under employment.

Why support the Building Belonging campaign?
Given current events, PIRS is seeing a huge increase in the number of refugee women & children in our programs. Over the past year, refugee women made up 21% of our program participants, that’s six times more than the previous year. Refugee women arrive with barriers that may include experiences of trauma, need for childcare and poverty. Your donation helps them break these barriers by giving them access to trauma informed programs that include childcare. The demand for our programs is growing each year. Last year, 552 determined women and 698 children attended one of our 17 programs. With your generous donation, we can continue to work together with care and commitment to building a belonging community for refugee women.
"I am from Afghanistan. In my second month in Vancouver, I was introduced to PIRS' Building Bridges program. I met great people, made friends and it is very important to make connections when you are new somewhere. I learned more about Canada, job opportunities, and to not lose hope in this program. Most importantly, I learnt about job searching techniques and resume workshops. All these little things together helped me where I am today. A few months after I graduated from the program, I got a job as a Financial Service Representative at Vancity Credit Union." - Marzia, Women's Development program graduate 

"Building bridges is more than just a program. It is really a bridge for newcomers in Canada. It doesn't just talk it takes action towards improving the situation of refugee claimants. Many thanks to PIRS for having such programs for women." - Fareeda, Women's Development program graduate

"What affects me the most about PIRS is the sense of community embedded in all parts of the organisation-- from the classrooms, the staff and supporters that make PIRS' work possible. It's been so inspiring to work at the VCC program and see how many women's lives have changed. The genuine sense of empowerment and transformation I see (in the kids too) stays with me and I am so happy and proud to be part of an organisation that accomplishes this." - Zahida, PIRS Practicum Coordinator

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