Group Name: FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Description: FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding these issues. We address systemic issues that newly arrived refugee claimants face in Canada including lack of resources, marginalization, and discrimination. Countless people are touched by our services. Some become residents at one of the houses, and use our refugee settlement services, while some only use the Centre’s refugee protection services. For all these people we advocate in any way necessary: assistance with paperwork, translation and interpretation, accompaniment, referral to immigration lawyers connected to our organization, orientation to local social services, skills development, and counselling to support a healthy and positive start to life in Canada. Still others are guided and informed by our popular education programme, which encompasses training, seminars, workshops, and publications.

Primary Health Care Clinic
Dr. Jim Sugiyama is a family physician, who generously donates his valuable time on every other Saturdays to provide primary health care to the most marginalized populations. Every other Saturday he manage to see children, women, families, youths and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Mental Health Clinic
Ms. Salma Zafar coordinates our Mental Health Clinic. The therapeutic counseling is offered in a holistic and client-centered approach to improve the mental health and well-being of the individuals. It is offered in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and caring environment. Individuals are coming for short or long term counseling as a process of healing and recovery.

FCJ Refugee Centre model of care is holistic focusing on improving mental, physical and spiritual health through yoga. Individuals will learn gentle yoga postures as a relaxing techniques. Yoga has enabled the FCJ Refugee service users to take control of their bodies, minds and lives thus improving their overall wellness. The yoga therapist incorporates breathing and meditation techniques to help individuals to de-stress and helps them to cope with the challenges of living in a stressful environment.

Where: 208 Oakwood Avenue | Toronto, ON M6E 2V4

When: The yoga classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of their ages every Saturdays at 10.00 a.m. The clinics are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-469-9754 | |

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