Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

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Projects 2018/19

KEYS Job Centre

KEYS Job Centre manages a project called Refugee Resettlement Services Kingston to welcome and support government-assisted refugees in Kingston. Between September 2016 and August 2018, this project has supported the arrival of 49 families, representing 232 people to Kingston - mostly from Syria, and some from parts of central and Eastern Africa. We have a professional staff team that provide resettlement and settlement services to these newcomer families to assist them to establish themselves and to start building their new lives in Canada. We also organize teams of volunteers to befriend and support the families. We are always seeking new, collaborative and innovative ways to help our clients make connections and succeed. There are many possibilities that could positively impact new-comer experience that would benefit from further development.

Kingston Community Health Centres Pathways to Education

KCHC Pathways to Education empowers high school youth in North Kingston with tools to succeed in school, work and life. Our mission is to see youth transform their communities through the power of education. At present, we enroll students based on a geographic boundary or “catchment area” which comprises two north Kingston census tracts. Throughout the school year, we frequently receive requests and inquiries from concerned teachers, administrators and parents who want their student or child to have access to the program, but find they live outside of our boundary and can’t be accepted. Pathways to Education would like to serve more students in Kingston who live outside of our catchment area; however, we lack the staffing, space and resources to do so. Students involved in this project will examine the current context of the Pathways to Education program in Kingston, and design possibilities for expansion or revision – the challenge? No new money. Students are tasked with designing 2-3 testable program designs or funding models that capitalize on efficient local partnerships using the resources currently available in Kingston.

Transcultural Mental Health Consultation Service at KCHC Immigrant Services Kingston and Area

Among immigrants, common mental health problems is initially lower than in the general population, but over time, it increases to become similar to that in the general population.  It is at the postmigration stage that immigrants experience an increase in mental health problems due to factors such as loss of social status, loss of family and community social supports, and concern about family members left behind and possibility of family reunification.  A pilot project has been started at the London Health Sciences Centre in which a multidisciplinary team which consists of a social worker, clinical counsellor, psychiatrist, client, family member(s) of clients and the settlement worker which would be the referral sources.  This team is trained to provide family-centred mental health services in a manner that is comprehensive, integrated, and where cultural factors influence the client’s service needs. It involves community partnership to ensure success of consultation and recommendations.  There would be an initial assessment, short-term culturally-informed interventions and community collaboration. KCHC (Kingston Community Health Centres) Immigrant Services Kingston and Area would like to adopt this project to serve our newcomers who identify as immigrants or refugees in Kingston.  The rise of mental health issues during the postmigration phase which would be during the immigrants’ settlement process has raised concerns throughout the country.  Tremendous support and effort has been placed in ensuring immigrants in Canada’s settlement process but due to the stigma and cultural barriers more proactive approaches need to be taken to ensure the health of these newcomers to Kingston.  KCHC Immigrant Services would like to investigate the feasibility of adopting such a project especially since we have the unique setting of providing settlement services within the same building of the community health centre. 

City of Kingston

1.How could Kingston develop a skill/micro-skill credentialing program that harnesses the power of our post-secondary education institutions to ensure that we have a competitive and skilled labour force for the future?

2. Supportive Housing needs in Kingston:

The City of Kingston is responsible for the development and implementation of social housing and homelessness services. The direction for these portfolios is identified in the 10 year housing and homelessness plan. The City initiated a 5 year review process of the plan in the fall of 2018.

Through the various housing and homelessness programs the City reinforces the idea of the housing continuum and personal preferences by encouraging a wide variety of housing options available in terms of tenure, location, built form, and cost, so that there is the highest likelihood that the housing needs of every resident of the City of Kingston and the County of Frontenac can be met.

One specific form of housing is ‘Supportive housing’, a service model that couples provision of independent housing with provision of community-based supports (e.g medical or social supports). There is a general consensus amongst social housing and homelessness service providers in the Kingston area that there is not enough supportive housing to be able to meet demand which is having a negative effect on emergency shelters, hospitals, police and Social Housing providers.

The initial 10 year plan did not address the supportive housing needs in the community, and therefore the City would benefit from an assessment of the supportive housing needs of the community and recommendations to address any identified gaps in system capacity and required support services