Our approach recognizes the skills, energy and intimate knowledge of our community as the foundation of approaches to address issues and challenges of our neighbourhood. We recognize that over 80% of the resources needed to tackle an issue already exist within the community. With the support of professionals and knowledge from beyond the community unique solutions are created to deliver precise, cost effective, exceptional results.
Our “Community Assistants” live in St. James Town and possess professional accreditation and cultural knowledge providing trusted local leadership. Having addressed the same issues as newcomers, a safe, trusted environment is created which provides a clear, understandable path to solutions. Our Community Assistants bring with them a rich history of community, tribal and village support from “back home”. This commitment to their fellow newcomer is an integral part of personal values as seen in a tireless support of their neighbours and is a corner stone of our community-based approach to service.