I Belong Program

Services for Newcomer LGBTQIA+ Refugees

I Belong is a program welcoming all LGBTQIA2+ refugees and newcomers. We provide a safe space to connect and receive personalized support.

This program hosts four events every month:

  • all member peer support group (1st and 2nd Mondays)
  • Beyond Borders and Binaries group for trans and non-binary members (3rd Monday)
  • all member counselling group (last Monday)

Eligibility

  • open to all LGBTQIA+ refugees and newcomers.

Program Description

Navigating a new country and language as an LGBTQIA2+ refugee or newcomer can be challenging. The I Belong program is here to guide you through this process.

This program provides community support, one-on-one help, referrals for settlement needs, and counselling. We also have monthly programs for members:

I Belong Peer Support

Meet new people, make friends and take part in activities facilitated by LGBTQIA2+ support workers. This peer support group helps you learn about community resources, share experiences, and meet new friends. Our peer support group is open to LGBTQIA2+ newcomers, regardless of immigration status.

Peer support groups meet online on the first and second Monday of every month, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

I Belong Group Counselling Support

Share your experiences with a registered clinical counsellor in these group sessions. Together you will explore ideas to make positive changes in your life. Support is open to LGBTQIA2+ newcomers, regardless of immigration status.

The Counselling Support Group meets on the last Monday of every month, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. 

Beyond Borders & Binaries – Trans, Non-Binary and Gender-Diverse Peer Support Group

This peer-led group is for trans, non-binary and gender-diverse immigrants, refugees and newcomers. Join us to share stories, information, and resources. This group is open to all, regardless of immigration status.

The Beyond Borders & Binaries Group meets on the 3rd Monday of every month, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Available at these locations

Vancouver

5575 Boundary Rd, Vancouver, BC V5R 2P9

Testimonials

MOSAIC is a boon for newcomers to Canada that offers a list of services and programs suited for everyone’s needs. I would recommend MOSAIC to every immigrant looking for opportunities.

I do not have words to express my gratitude to you and all the Mosaic team that help me directly or indirectly through this journey. All the resources such as career paths, workshops, mentorship and the job energizer email were fundamental tools in my job searching.

Absolutely the Career Paths program has been helpful to me and I continue to move ahead in my career. Your help is so precious for immigrants who have come to a new country and need support. I saw right away that you are welcoming and supporting people whatever they need. I am impressed by your positive energy when you are connecting and working with people.

Partners

This program is supported by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, The Foundation of Hope, and Trans Care BC.

Contact Information

ibelong@mosaicbc.org
604-762-1566

Upcoming Events

Related Resources

Referral form

Program Brochure

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