REACH Immigrant and Refugee Initiative

After the Framework Development Reflective session in June 2018 and discussions about culturally appropriate community building, a new approach was identified. This work merges the family violence prevention work and Police and Youth Engagement Program in a holistic community development practice.



  • Support culturally appropriate community building through the natural support model with settlement and broker service systems.
  • Build strong relationships between emerging ethnocultural communities, police services, Children’s Services, and mainstream services.
  • Build youth capacity and leadership skills throughout the year within the family and community context.
  • Respond to emerging community groups that address community needs not provided by other agencies/services.
  • Identify and implement systems change drivers. These will create a conducive environment for newcomer and vulnerable populations. This will result in safer communities.
  • Work with other organizations that serve newcomers to find innovative solutions to the complexity of integration.
  • Engage community groups and various stakeholders in addressing issues around hate incidents/crime, discrimination, and racism.
  • Align strategies with all partners around healthy family outcomes.



  • Improve communications, linkages, and engagement among partners and key community stakeholders.

  • Increase capacity (knowledge and skills) of community leaders to improve family health.

  • Maintain a well trained, cohesive team of community leaders and mentors.

  • Increase social supports for men, women, youth, and LGBTQ newcomers.

  • Increase awareness of family violence prevention supports.

  • Improve positive parenting and communication skills.



Suite 901, Baker Centre
10025 - 106 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 1G4


Phone: 780.498.1231
Fax: 780.498.1266
Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.