Newcomer Support

  
  

ABLE - Adult Basic Literacy Education

ABLE offers Adult Education on following topics: Reading, Writing, English as a Second Language, Math and Numeracy, Basic Computer Skills, Employment and Personal Growth.  

Medicine Hat: 403-504-3619

Medicine Hat Programs


Brooks: 403-362-1685

Brooks Programs

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) provides eligible Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician services, and some dental and oral surgical health services.

Your physician determines what insured services are considered medically necessary.

You must be registered with the AHCIP to receive insured hospital and physician services.

If you are not sure whether a medical service is covered, contact the AHCIP office by calling 310-0000 (in Alberta), then 780-427-1432 (open 8:15 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays). Please have your personal health number ready when you call.

Alberta Supports & Alberta Works

Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services for:

·         seniors

·         employment

·         homelessness

·         financial needs

·         children and youth

·         parents and families

·         people with disabilities

·         guardianship and trusteeship

·         abuse, bullying and family violence prevention


Alberta Supports can be contacted online, by phone, or by going to any Alberta Supports location:

Online application can be completed at https://myalbertasupports.humanservices.alberta.ca/CitizenPortal/application.do

Phone: 1-877-644-9992 toll-free Alberta-wide (hours of operation are 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Help is available in more than 100 languages)

Medicine Hat Alberta Job Corps: 403-529-3995 
Medicine Hat Alberta Works Centre: 403-529-3683

Brooks Alberta Works Centre: 403-362-1278 




BCIS - Brooks and County Immigration Services

BCIS is a not-for-profit organization, which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers. It is a project of Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.


Programs offered:

-Newcomers outreach

-Orientation, information and referrals

-Emergency interpretation and translation

-Supportive counselling

-Employment readiness

-Ethnocultural collaboration

-Enhancing supportive communities


BCIS employees speak the following languages:

Acholie, Arabic, English, French, Luganda, Oromo, Punjabi, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Urdo


Phone: 403-362-0404

Address: Bay 2 - 500 Cassils Rd. East, Brooks, AB 

Email: info@bcis-brooks.ca 


Be Youth Centre

Provides a fun and safe environment that welcomes all youth aged 11-17.  T he Be Yout h Centre  gives Medicine Hat youth the opportunity to try something new , meet frien ds and participate in the community all while enjoying social-recreational activities. 

Supper Program
Our Supper Program is offered twice a week and Brunch is offered on Saturdays.
This program encourages youth to become active in the kitchen while learning how how prepare healthy meals from a variety of ingredients.
While this is a youth and staff favorite we couldn't do it without our community partners. If you are interested  in supporting our supper program please contact our office.

Outreach Program
Our Outreach Program is funded by Alberta Health Services. Clients are referred to us through their team which pairs higher risk youth with our outreach staff members for one on one resiliency support and mentorship.  Each youth enters the program for a minimum of three months and are assessed on a case by case basis until completion. 


102-1201 Kingsway Ave SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2

Email: info@beyouth.ca
Phone: 403-528-8068


Being Human Services & Workplace Integration for Newcomers Program

At Being Human Services, we can assist you to find the services, information and support that you need to help yourself or someone that you care about find employment or corporate training.

Through training, coaching, supporting, and through connecting employers to employees, we help people ''be better and do better''. Let us help you to succeed

Phone: 403-580-3338


Workplace Integration for Newcomers (WIN) Program:
This program assists new Canadians with employment readiness and language supports to develop connections to Canadian workplaces. It includes 12 weeks of part time training (1-1 and group workshops).


Bridges Family Programs

A variety of programs and services for families living in Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Brooks, Oyen and surrounding areas.

These programs include:

Best Babies - Home visitation services for pregnant moms and moms with infants up to 9 months

Building Blocks - Home visitation services for families who have children 0 - 6 years old

Bridges - Services to individuals who are expecting a child or have children under the age of 18 years

FASD Assessment & Support Services (FASS) - Consultations for families who have children under the age of 18 and who have or are suspected of having FASD

First Steps - Home visitation services to moms who are pregnant or who have a baby under 6 months and have used alcohol or other substances during pregnancy

 

Medicine Hat: 403-526-7473 (All Programs)

Brooks: 403-501-3862 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Bow Island: 403-545-6911  (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Oyen: 403-526-7473 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

City of Medicine Hat Transit

Medicine Hat Transit works hard to provide quality service to all passengers. 

Medicine Hat Transit Ride Guide

 
Call 403-529-8214 for more information

DoubleMap Transit App - Riders of Medicine Hat Transit can now see the location of their bus in real time and when it’s expected to arrive, thanks to our partnership with DoubleMap. While the system provides the public with the estimated arrival time of our bus at a stop, riders are advised to be at their stop 5 minutes before a departure.


Mobile apps are also available on Google play and the Apple App Store. 

Global Village Centre & Healing Path Wellness Centre for Newcomers (Brooks)

Global Village offers support for newcomers, including Youth Leadership & Mentorship, Media Training, Capacity Building, a Homework Club, and Cultural Competence. 

Healing Path Wellness Centre for Newcomers (A Project of Global Village) is located in Brooks, AB. Healing Path team includes a registered psychologist working with a cultural broker, as well as a medical doctor and cultural ambassadors. Our core values reflect the inclusive health practices and cultural needs of the wide range of populations and groups that we serve.


Services may include supporting access to:

- Individual, Couple Cultural Mediation Counselling
- Intercultural Mediation
- Refugee / Immigrant Focused Therapy Counselling Sessions With Cultural Mediation.
- Empowerment and Cultural Education
- Newcomer Health and Wellness Literacy
- Promotion of Cultural Resilience


Healing Path Wellness Centre address: #122 - 327 3rd Street West, Brooks, AB T1R 0E7
Global Village Centre address: 116 2nd Ave West, Brooks, AB T1R 0R9

For more information, please call (403) 362-7204 or email info@globalvillagecentre.ca

JustServe

JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community.

JustServe is a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in posting projects or in encouraging volunteers to serve according to our guidelines.


LEARN - Medicine Hat

As a Community Adult Learn Program, LEARN is here to support adult learners in Medicine Hat and Cypress County with family literacy programs.

We believe that education doesn’t just happen in a classroom, it’s a lifelong and everyday experience. LEARN wants to build community partnerships in order to provide learning opportunities in all parts of life.


Email: LEARN@mhc.ab.ca
Phone: 403-504-3620

Visit our office:
Room F1013
Medicine Hat College
299 College Drive SE
Medicine Hat, AB


Legal Aid Alberta

Legal Aid Alberta assists Albertans facing legal issues by helping them navigate their journey through the justice system and find lasting resolution to their legal challenges. We provide eligible Albertans support and services in areas including:


-Family Law & Child Welfare
-Emergency Protection Orders & Domestic Violence
-Adult Criminal Law
-Youth Criminal Law
-Immigration and Refugee Law
-Civil Law
-Service to the Siksika Nation
-Duty Counsel (Legal Assistance at Court)

 
Phone 1-866-845-3425

Lifetalk Counseling Services - Brooks

Christian Based Counseling

Their counselors counsel people dealing with abuse, alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions, anger, anxiety, childhood adjustments, depression, domestic violence, grief, family, immigration adjustments, marriage, parenting, performance, pre-marital, relationships, self-esteem, stress,  trauma, and unresolved past issues, and more.

Phone: 403-362-2210


Services are available for adults, as well as children ages 5 and up. Children's services often involve a combination of sessions with both the family and child.

 

Group Seminars available through Misspelled WordLifetalk

“Anger and Its Many Faces” - a five week seminar offering a thorough and practical look at anger and its generators. Learn how to deal with frustration, hurt and fear before they are expressed as anger. Cost $20/person (subsidy available). Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Next session will run on Tuesday evenings, January 14 to February 11, 2020. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, plus one (optional) “post-seminar” counselling session. It will be held in room 209 of the Brooks Community Cultural Centre where the Misspelled WordLifetalk office is located (327 3rd St W, Brooks). Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 to register and for further information. 


"Understanding Grief and Loss" Explore the grief process to facilitate understanding of,  and healing for those who are struggling with loss, change or separation from loved ones. $20/person, $40/couple. Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 for information (sessions will be booked dependent on interest).

McMan Youth, Family & Community Services

McMan provides a wide range of services for youth, families and adults across southern Alberta.

McMan Ages and Stages Information Postcard

McMan Family and Natural Supports Information Postcard

McMan Foster and Adoption Information Postcard

McMan Youth Hub Information Postcard


McMan Parent Link Centre

A resource for parents and caregivers to help strengthen parenting skills and ensure positive child development. Provides families with support and education to assist them in finding the information and services needed to help their children develop to their full potential and enter school ready to learn. Services Medicine Hat, Brooks, & surrounding rural areas.

Core services include:

-Parent education

-Early childhood development and care

-Family support

-Information and referrals

-Ages and stages developmental screening

For more information about programs call 1-888-878-5465, in Medicine Hat & area call 403-504-0833, or Brooks & area call 403-362-5056.

www.parentlinkcentre.com

McMan Parent Link Centre Postcard


Choices for Change

A program designed specifically for unemployed and marginally employed, or individuals who have barriers to gaining employment. The program provides intensive wrap around supports to establish employment routines and break cyclical homelessness and patterns of limited self-sufficiency. The goal is to work directly with clients along with local service agencies, medical and mental health services providers, government and legal services, and private sector employers. 

Contact the Program Supervisor at 403-527-1588 Ext 290


Inn Between

Inn Between provides care and support for up to 6 youth who require emergency housing and supports. The youth are between the ages of 12 - 17 and are in need of a short-term placement where they can achieve stabilization in a safe and consistent environment. While residing at the Inn Between, they are assisted with developing a case plan for learning life skills, continuing their education, increasing social skills, and accessing community resources. Supports are also available for family reunification or securing sustainable housing in the community. 

Call 403-529-6367

Medicine Hat Community Housing Society

​Affordable housing for families and individuals who have a low income. Qualifying incomes are defined by the Province of Alberta and outlined below according to the types of housing currently available.

 

Rent Supplements: If you are in need of ongoing financial assistance to pay your rent, you may qualify for one of two types of the MHCHS’s Private Market Rent Supplement program:

Phone 403-527-4507

 

Client to complete application and be accepted.

 

MHCHS Standard Application 2015

 

MHCHS Seniors Application 2015

Medicine Hat Legal Help Centre

The Community Legal Clinic – Medicine Hat provides free legal information and advice to low to moderate income people who have a legal issue but do not qualify for Legal Aid.

Call for help with any of these legal issues:

-Family law, including separation and divorce, child custody, child support, and more
-Employment issues
-Debt and foreclosure
-Immigration issues
-Landlord and tenant disputes
-Civil matters

*Please note, we do not provide representation in court. Please refer to our many Programs and Services or contact our office at 403-712-1021 for more information.

Medicine Hat Public Library & Homebound Services

Services available:
-Activities for children, tweens, teens and adults
-Co-op Community Developmental Play Space
-Meeting Room Rentals
-Photocopy/Fax
-Technology & device assistance
-Mobile Printing
-Resources for Newcomers to Canada
-Homebound Services
-and much more!


Homebound Services
Homebound Services links volunteers with clients to ensure that everyone has library access. Clients can use homebound services either indefinitely or on a short-term basis.

Our Homebound Services Program uses volunteers to deliver books and provide a voluntary reader service to extended care facilities, where volunteers read to patients. In addition, this service provides deposit collections for nursing and long-term care homes within Medicine Hat.

For more information or to become a Homebound Services volunteer, call 403-502-8541 or click here.

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence and in need of support, contact the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society.

Our 24/7 help line is 403-529-1091 or toll free at 1-800-661-7949 to available provide crisis support, safety planning, and information. Intake into programming and more information is also available by calling our administrative line at 403-527-8223.


Phoenix Safe House Emergency Shelter takes in both women and men, with or without children, fleeing from abuse. Both women and men can also do drop-in appointments with crisis workers.


Musasa Second Stage Housing is a long-term (up to one year) safe accommodation for individuals and families that provides one-to-one and group supports, and connection to community supports/resources.


Outreach Services provides one-to-one and group supports for women, men, youth and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence in their homes. Outreach Services are located at #5 1036 – 7th ST. SW (The Ridge).  

Outreach support groups include:
- Seeds to Success Group:  A 6 week group to introduce individuals to group support and the value of groups.  Work will include information on family violence, introduction to groups and safety planning. 
- Journey to Hope and Healing Group:  A 9 week group for individuals who have experienced family violence and working towards healing themselves after abuse.  Topics include; information on family violence, guilt, shame and blame, safety planning, healthy relationships and boundaries.  Individuals are also offered one to one support during this process.

For more information about Outreach groups and services, call 403-527-8223 and asking to speak to the Outreach Program Manager.



Child & Youth Support: is available for children and youth who have experienced and/or witnessed family violence. Support and education are offered to youth, children and their parent(s) through groups, one-to-one or family sessions. 

Support groups include:
- Children’s Support Group:  This group runs weekly from September to June and is open to children ages 6 – 12 who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through child-oriented discussions, activities, games and crafts. This is an open group, so children can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.
- Growing Together:  This group is offered to parents and children. Parents go to an adult group and the children go to a children’s group.  Subject material is the same, but presented appropriate to their age.  During the last 15 minutes of the group, parent and child come together for an attachment
exercise.
- Youth Group: This group runs every other week from September to June and is open to youth 13 years and up who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through discussions, activities, games and crafts.  This is an open group, so youth can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.

For more information about these groups, and other Child & Youth programming, contact the Children’s Program Manager at 403-527-8223.

Mennonite Central Committee - Services for Newcomers (Taber)

Services for Newcomers (previously known as Low German Mennonite Services) has been in operation in Southern Alberta for over a decade working with Low German Mennonites. The office in Taber assists with settlement in Alberta, employment, education, and mental health. More recently the program has expanded to work with newcomers of all types in the Taber area

Phone: 403-223-4144

Saamis Immigration Services Association

​Saamis Immigration Services include on-going programs and services assisting in resettlement and integration of newly arrived immigrants and refugees.


For language barrier services, clinics can arrange translation. Call Dasha at Saamis Immigration (403-504-1188 ext 108) with the location, date and time of the appointment requiring a translator 2 or 3 days before the appointment, if possible.

If an unexpected translator is required they may be able to arrange a volunteer via telephone. 


Phone: 403-504-1188

The Connection Intercultural Association of Medicine Hat

​An Intercultural association operating in Medicine Hat. Year-round, their social events and inclusion programs provide Canadians and international people (newcomers) a platform to meet and build meaningful relationships. Their local volunteers provide English-language-learners with the opportunity to learn the English language through our mentoring program and informal events.

YMCA of Medicine Hat

Programs include: aquatics, camps, child care, education & training, employment services, health & fitness, youth engagement, and youth & preschool programming. 

Phone: 403-527-4426


Living Fit Program 
The Living Fit program provides safe, supportive, barrier-free health and wellness opportunities for people with disabilities and chronic, stable conditions. 

The program aids individuals with: Multiple Sclerosis, Cognitive Disabilities, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Fibromyalgia, Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes.

They can customize a program for such issues as Fall Prevention working on balance and leg strength. Participants must be YMCA members. The YMCA also offers financial assistance to those in need

Clients may be referred to the program by various organizations or their physician.  A referral is not necessary, however, and individuals may join at any time to improve their health and quality of living. Click here to learn more about the Living Fit Program, or call 403-527-4426, x 221.


Young Moms Program
The YMCA Early Intervention Program for Young Mothers, “Young Moms” is a comprehensive, educational program designed to meet the diverse needs of pregnant or parenting teens. Young moms can complete their high school education through independent study while learning life management skills. The program is conveniently located within a YMCA daycare centre which provides an opportunity for children to receive on-site care while moms are attending school.