Partner Spotlight – Afghan Women’s Organization – AWO

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Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO)
Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services “From Isolation to Full Participation”

The Storefront’s Service Delivery Hub is one of the best known and most accessed resources that East Scarborough Storefront offers to the KGO (Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park) community. At our hub, community members can find 35+ social service partners who help make their lives better – without having to travel to 35 locations around town! We keep in close contact with our community, and as people’s needs and priorities shift, we bring in partners whose services align with our community’s goals.

This Partner Spotlight comes out every 2 weeks, so that you can learn more about what our awesome partners have to offer to people in KGO at The Storefront.  This week, we feature Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO):

AWO provides services for Newcomers at The Storefront on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

AWO offers service in English, Dari, Hindi, Farsi and Pashtu

With a special focus on women, their families, refugees and people who have experienced war and persecution, AWO has welcomed newcomers from around the world, including Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa, assisting them in the first stages of their settlement process. These first steps taken by newcomers, finding a home, work, learning English, and finding out about Canada’s legal system and health care are all crucial to ensuring that each newcomer has a foundation for building a healthy life in Canada.

AWO’s mission is to improve newcomers’ quality of life and to promote their social and economic inclusion in order to enable them to become contributing members of society and to live in dignity. AWO provides assistance with a wide variety of settlement services including:

  • One-to-one Services (individual)
  • Information & Orientation
  • Interpretation & Translation
  • Assistance Filling Forms / Applying for Benefits (Social Insurance Number, Permanent Residence Card, Canada Child Tax Benefit, Ontario Health Insurance Plan)
  • Assistance Finding Housing (rentals and applying for subsidized housing)
  • School/Language Training Referral & Enrollment
  • Support Counselling
  • Accompaniment
  • Follow-ups & Referrals
  • And much more…

Learn more about AWO here or call The Storefront’s Community Resource Specialists at 416-208-9889 and ask us more.

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