Our In-House Partners
The Family Centre has a growing number of in-house partners who provide programs, events, and supports to help create our 'community of collaboration'. These partners include:
African Family Revival Organization (AFRO)
AFRO aims to support and develop the educational achievements, cultural and recreational interests of African youth. To assist in the health improvement of African women. To provide education and training facilities for African women. To enable them to participate in Canadian society as active citizens. AFRO CORE VALUES: Respecting diversity appreciating and celebrating diverse cultural heritages. Respecting religious diversity. Respecting family values. Promoting positive role models. Developing self respected, self esteem and empowerment.
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region
Our Mission: The bereaved helping the bereaved so that no-one walks alone through their journey of grief. Our Vision: To provide grief education and support to bereaved individuals, their families and professionals in schools, community organizations and corporate enterprises through outreach and training. We can help the healing begin.
Bridges to Belonging Waterloo Region
Embracing Possibility, Enriching Community.
Through meaningful relationships, Bridges to Belonging supports you to build on your unique abilities, to create the life you want in the community.
Canadian Aweil Youth Association (CAYA)
CAYA is a national non-political volunteer organization working to improve the Aweil province in South Sudan, to develop a society where all youth, children, women, men, disabled and seniors have access to education, medical care, food, clean water and no violence of any kind.
Coalition of Muslim Women
The Coalition of Muslim Women strives to strengthen the voices of Muslim women, and enhance communication and understanding between Muslim women and the larger community.
Hummingbird Centre for HOPE
Hummingbird Centre provides continuing bereavement support to men and women after the death of their spouse or partner. A peer-to-peer environment of hope facilitates the rebuilding of a new sense of self as an only parent. We have a passion for HOPE and for nurturing HOPE in the people we help.
iHelp is a Canadian registered non-profit organization created to serve people in the Region of Waterloo & those experiencing disasters around the world. We focus on discovering the most optimal solutions to foster communities in the region & address the basic needs of those in crisis in other parts of the world. 7 priority goals include training, education, disaster relief, housing, drug abuse, employment & healthcare infrastructure.
KidsAbility is a dynamic, multi-faceted organization that serves children with a wide range of special needs. This includes children with developmental disabilities and delays related to premature birth, medical syndromes such as Down syndrome, coordination disorders, and autism; physical disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and cerebral palsy; and communication difficulties in language, articulation, fluency and voice. KidsAbility empowers children and youth with special needs to realize their full potential.
Métis Nation of Ontario - Grand River Métis Council
The Grand River Métis Council's mission is to promote and preserve the Métis way of life. We look to our elders, to attain and maintain our Métis traditions, culture, spirituality and the respect of Mother Earth. To ensure future generations carry on this vision, we are committed to educating our Youth.
Read more about Grand River Métis Council.
Morning Glory Cafe @ The Family Centre
Morning Glory Cafe is a youth skill-building social enterprise through Ray of Hope. Youth participants are employed for four to six months and are given on-the-job training as well as life-skills training. After six months in the program, youth receive assistance in either finding permanent employment or returning to school. Drop by Morning Glory Cafe @ The Family Centre for a coffee, a meal, and a chat with the friendly and welcoming staff!
Muslim Social Services of KW
Muslim Social Services of Kitchener Waterloo is a not-for-profit volunteer-driven organization that provides culturally and spiritually sensitive humanitarian and social services to the Muslim and non-Muslim community of the Waterloo region. MSS aims to foster a healthy, nclusive environment and provides various opportunities of learning and personal growth through its educational, outreach, and support initiatives; it seeks to create an understanding of Islam and Muslims in Canada, build bridges with other faith communities as well as mainstream social service and community organizations.
Read more about Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Najda Now Canada
The Syrian humanitarian relief and development foundation Najda Now Canada works on providing assistance and aid to the affected opulation of the victims of natural or man-made disasters and victims of armed conflicts and wars. We do this regardless of race, religion or political belief or ideological convictions.
Planned Lifetime Networks
Planned Lifetime Networks is a non-profit charity established by and for families living in the Waterloo Region to assist families and supporters of those who are isolated by disability and/or circumstance. We believe the best guarantee of a good life is the presence of caring friends actively involved in our lives. For those people isolated by disability and/or circumstance, this requires a social support network of committed people in a friendship relationship. It also requires careful financial and future planning. PLN assists in the development of a network of life long, committed friends in relationship with the person who is isolated by disability and each other. PLN also has established future planning educational seminars and workshops to educate families on how to achieve a safe, secure and quality future for a family member who is isolated by disability and/or circumstance.
Three pillars were identified as the driving force at WRFN: Educate, Connect and Empower. Educate: In an effort to fill this need, WRFN offers seminars and workshops on issues surrounding raising and nurturing a child with special needs. Connect: Connecting families to each other and to the community was also an important service to provide. Having a child with special needs can be isolating, especially when the realization that your child has a special need is new. Empower: Empowerment may be the most important ideal WRFN has. By being educated and connected, families and individuals can feel empowered and better advocate for their child and themselves. A feeling of empowerment gives families confidence and strength to know they can rise to the everyday challenges they may deal with as well as giving them a feeling of self worth.
White Owl Native Ancestry Association
White Owl NAA brings their Wholistic Child & Youth programs to The Family Centre. Wholistic Child and Youth was established to ensure Aboriginal children and young people acquire better access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services. This could be in the form of counselling, group therapy and/or crisis intervention; which would encompass a range of culturally competent traditional teachings and ceremonies.
Read more about White Owl Native Ancestry Association and Wholistic Child & Youth.