ISSofBC Open House to showcase new services


New services for immigrant and refugee children, youth and young adults are now available at ISSofBC’s Alexandra Road location.

These services, to be introduced at an open house on May 7, include free Child Minding Services for children whose parents are enrolled in the ELSA (English Language Services for Adults) program, and the Moving Ahead Program (MAP) which provides individualized support to high-need and high-risk immigrant and refugee youth and young adults.

These new services complement long-established Richmond services such as ELSA; Building Together settlement, women’s and volunteer connection services; Skills Connect for Immigrants program which connects skilled immigrants with relevant work; and low-cost English upgrading and Citizenship preparation courses.

ISSofBC provides ELSA classes from literacy to upper intermediate levels, as well as classes that focus on English for the Workplace. Children from 12 months to 5 years of students enrolled in these classes can access Child Minding services.

In partnership with SUCCESS, MAP supports high-need, high-risk immigrant and refugee youth and young adults (16 – 28 years) who face multiple, complex barriers in their settlement and integration journeys in Canada. MAP also assists at-risk families and individuals through individualized and group counseling services. Group services include life skills and Essential Skills training, short certificate courses, social and emotional support, and community outings and field trips.

The open house, to be held from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, will host representatives of community organizations, funding agencies, as well as Richmond businesses and residents.


May 7, 2013; 2:30pm to 4:30pm


150-8400 Alexandra Road, Richmond

For more details:

Lois Armerding, Manager
Phone: 604-233-7077 (ext. 1351)

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