L-R front row: Councillor Ayo Owodunni, MPP Catherine Fife, MPP Mike Harris, MP Mike Morris, Board Chair Rob Howe among area leaders on hand to speak to the need for Community Healthcaring Kitchener-Waterloo.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO (June 13, 2023): Community Healthcaring Kitchener- Waterloo, formerly Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre, is leading healthcaring as a provider of primary health and wellness services to over twenty-three thousand of the region's most vulnerable residents and is one of the largest refugee health centres in Canada. Dozens of local partners, supportive agencies and area leaders attended its oﬃcial launch at The Museum in Kitchener yesterday.
"We listened to our community, and by building on our shared values and our strengths as caring, innovative and ﬂexible, we now have a dynamic, memorable name that clearly expresses not only what we do but how we do it," said Tara Groves-Taylor, CEO of Community Healthcaring Kitchener-Waterloo. "Our team will continue to collaborate with our many partners and share our extensive expertise so that we can lead eﬀorts to advocate for critical resources for the vulnerable people we care for, including people experiencing homelessness, refugees and newcomers facing tremendous challenges to survive and thrive in K-W.”
Community leaders, clients, and team members shared about the organization's impact on their lives. "We feel like they supported us not only in the health system, mental health and our ﬁnances… It's like a Welcome to Canada!" said Client Jessica Zarate.
L-R Michelle Buckner, Rachel Romany, Mayada Abou Warda, Tara Groves-Taylor, Kelly Van Heugten and Kylah Blair, part of the team of Community Healthcaring Kitchener-Waterloo.
In addition to Primary Healthcare and Refugee Health, Community Healthcaring Kitchener- Waterloo cares for the community through its Outreach Services, Health and Wellness, Breastfeeding Buddies Program, Ontario Seniors Dental Program and more at their two locations and its new fully accessible and interactive website HealthcaringKW.org
About Community Healthcaring Kitchener-Waterloo
As part of our community, we support your health and wellness and work in unity with our partners to provide you with caring and integrated services. Founded by the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre, we respond to your individual health goals and work to create healthy communities. We oﬀer evidence- informed, innovative healthcaring for anyone facing barriers to health services, including people who are newcomers, refugees, experiencing homelessness or precarious housing and who are challenged by other social inﬂuences of health in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.