About the Centre

Our Mission

Established in 1991, the Somali Centre for Family Service’s main goal is to assist refugees and immigrants in need—particularly the needs of Somali families and individuals living in Ottawa—through partnerships, services, and programs that are timely, culturally appropriate, and address their concerns.

Our Values and Principles

"The success of the community and building its capacity to deal with issues depend to a large extent on how well it takes care of its needy and each other with dignity, respect, and compassion," is a shared philosophy that all members believe here at the Somali Centre for Family Services (SCFS).

SCFS is a broad-based, non-profit organization that enjoys strong community support and is respected by other service providers and its funders. The Centre was initially established in response to the large influx of Somali newcomers in Canada. Its original mission was to preserve culture and heritage; however, it quickly became apparent that the needs of the community were more in the realm of settlement, integration, and counseling.

Special emphasis has been paid to providing services to enhance the community’s social well-being in Canada. Since its inception, the Centre has been delivering meaningful and culturally appropriate services designed to meet the specific needs of our community members.

The Somali Centre for Family Services is a beneficiary agency of:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Ontario ministry of citizenship and immigration Heritage Canada Foundation The City of Ottawa United Way / Centraide of Ottawa Ottawa public library Community Foundation of Ottawa Ontario Trillium Foundation

Copyright © 2010 Somali Centre for Family Services

Date Modified: 2014-12-02