“It’s daunting to put down roots and start fresh in a new country, so we hunt for solutions and that’s we started from the bottom, over time our organization gathered volunteers and resources while remain firmly grassroot.”
MANJURA REHMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CSAGSS.
CSAGSS is committed to serve all.
Canadian South Asian Growth & Support Services (CSAGSS) is a charitable Non-Profit organization, founded in December 2013, in response to the growing needs of the ever-expanding immigrant population residing in Morningside and Greater Toronto Area. We are a multi-service organization which aims to lift our community out of the shackles of hunger and poverty. We have a three-pronged approach: improving food security, engaging the community, and improving health and wellness.
Keeping the norms, “For the Community and of the Community”, we have worked nonstop tirelessly to reach individuals and families addressing their needs, we have been addressing various issues like Poverty and hunger, unemployment, isolation. Supporting Health and wellness, Community engagement and Food security.
CSAGSS registered on 4 December, 2013 opening its door in a one bedroom of 70 Mornelle Court, Scarborough serving South Asian communities but due to the growing needs in the local Community, Mornelle-Morning side, we started “services for all” within few months. The name of the organization remained same, CSAGSS believes in power of inclusion and diversity to move society forward and making a place for everyone live and grow successfully.
A Story To Our Journey
Empowerment, respect and serving with equality
- EMPOWERMENT: CSAGSS aims to capacitate and strengthen immigrant communities and youth in order to enable them to grow and contribute to the economy of Canada.
- RESPECT: CSAGSS values diversity and multiculturalism, and aims to serve individuals and families with respect, regardless of their diverse ethnic, cultural and religious
- EQUALITY: CSAGSS serves individuals with equity, and strongly believes in and upholds the principles of human rights by operating strictly within the framework of anti-discrimination and anti-oppression.
CSAGSS believes in the holistic development of individuals, groups and families belonging to communities belonging to all religion, countries of origin, ethnicities, sexual orientation. It also believes in empowering them and providing supports for sustainable growth so that they become self-sufficient contributing members of the society.
Who we are, how we work, what we believe in, and what we strive to stand for
Our core values are at the heart of our service.
- Promote cultural competencies and work in collaboration with for the well-being of all immigrant and refugee communities
- Respond to the ever-growing needs of immigrant communities by seeking regular feedback and conducting evaluations
- Serve marginalized and immigrant communities by connecting them to various networking opportunities, including self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to fulfill their needs
- Support and enhance the research, study and usage of South Asian and other ethnic languages and culture
- Work within the framework of anti-oppression, anti-racism and anti-homophobic principles and practices
What do we stand for?
Consistent with its objectives and mandate, CSAGSS has fulfilled the following purposes to date:
- To establish and operate a community centre to be used for workshops, programs, athletics, drama, art, music, handicrafts, hobbies and recreation for the benefit of the general public.
- To provide education, counselling and other support services for immigrants and refugees in need, including language instruction, employment training, job search programs, translation services and information programs on Canadian culture and life.
- To establish, maintain and operate an employment training centre for needy unemployed and low skilled workers; To provide assistance to needy persons in drafting
resumes, searching for employment and preparing for job interviews; To provide counselling to needy persons experiencing long term unemployment; To develop
employment training and education programs for needy persons.
- To provide literacy programmes and classes to members of the public; To develop and provide education and training programs to persons who will conduct literacy training.