History

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India Rainbow Club of Peel was founded in 1985 by concerned members of the Indo-Canadian community to meet the settlement and social service needs of newcomers from the Indian sub-continent. (The name was changed to India Rainbow Community Services of Peel in 1986, and later, to Indus Community Services in June 2016). With our expanded mission, we provide educational, social, settlement, health and employment related services to help all new immigrants in the Peel region.

India Rainbow – A 30 Year Journey

1985

  • Concerned members of the Indo-Canadian community come together to find a drop-in place for seniors to help each other
  • Indus Drop-In Centre opens in September 1985 in a modest, 2-room office with a small grant

1986-1987

  • Moved to current location at 3038 Hurontario Street
  • Youth Groups and Parent Support Groups formed
  • Indus becomes a member of the United Way of Peel
  • ESL classes started

1988-1989

  • The organization adopts the slogan “Reaching out to those in need.”
  • A new location is opened in Brampton
  • Skills Training and Development program is started.
  • ‘Rainbow Connection’ Newsletter is launched
  • Youth Conference is organized

1990-1991

  • Women’s Empowerment Drop-in program and Senior Women’s Skills Development services added
  • Indus hosts a ‘Career Choices Forum’ for youth
  • First family picnic for members and their families organized
  • Two educational videos produced: ‘Integrating into Mainstream Canadian Society’ & ‘Programs and Services for Newcomers to Canada’
  • Bob Rae – the then premier is the Chief Guest at the Annual Dinner and Dance Gala

1992-1993

  • Mississauga Neighborhood and Multicultural Centre is proposed
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes start in Brampton
  • A violence and abuse prevention program is started
  • Indus is awarded a commemorative plaque by the Governor General for its ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the Canada 125 celebrations

1994-1995

  • LINC classes start in Mississauga with two Level 1 classes
  • A support group for abused women is started in collaboration with Catholic Family Services for non-English speaking women
  • Unfunded Seniors program started; later enhanced and renamed Long-Term Care (LTC) program
  • Partnered with Peel Board of Education on Youth initiatives
  • Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP) started
  • Multilingual Access to Social Services Initiative (MASSI) started

1996-1997

  • Computer Training, Keyboarding and Data Entry courses added in Mississauga and later expanded to Brampton
  • Workshops on job search skills are conducted
  • A Volunteer Appreciation Event is held for the first time
  • Friendly Visiting Services is added to the LTC program
  • LINC Graduation and Open House held at Shopper’s World Mall – our new location in Brampton
  • Volunteering information session held at Erindale College

1998-1999

  • Job Search Workshop (JSW) program launched in Mississauga and Brampton
  • Policy Advisory Committee task force is established
  • New project: “Removing Barriers to Health Services in Peel” for non-English speaking residents started
  • LINC expands with Levels 3 to 5
  • A drop-in support group for women and Tamil seniors group started

2000-2001

  • A Steering Committee is established to plan a Long-Term Care Centre
  • Housing And Support in Peel (HASP) programs starts in collaboration with Supportive Housing In Peel (SHIP)
  • Rainbow Adult Day Centre for Long Term Care is inaugurated by the then Minister of Health – Tony Clement

2002-2003

  • Diabetes Awareness, Education and Prevention Program launched
  • Helping End Abuse for Life (HEAL) project is introduced
  • Indus launches its website
  • 5 Year Strategic Plan is introduced

2004-2005

  • First Donor Recognition Evening celebrated; a Donor Plaque is unveiled
  • Indus hosts a Wellness Walkathon in partnership with Trillium Health Centre
  • The Alzheimer’s Intergenerational Project is included in the LTC program
  • Indus’s first Media Appreciation Evening is held
  • 20th Anniversary Gala with Chief Guest premier Dalton McGuinty

2006-2007

  • Indus organizes a Tsunami relief fundraising drive for the Canadian Red Cross
  • LINC expands to include Levels 6 and 7, and moves to larger premises
  • A 5 year Strategic Plan is developed for 2007-2012
  • South Asian Partner Assault Response program in partnership with Catholic Family Services of Peel and Lay Health Educator Breast Screening program in partnership with Peel Health begins
  • Incest Awareness and Education Project is launched
  • LTC location plays host to the Health Minister’s announcement on the ‘Aging at Home Strategy’
  • LINC Brampton moves to larges premises at 160 Main Street South. ISAP services are added

2008-2009

  • Youth Leadership and Mentoring project with funding from JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Adult Day Centre expands services to six days a week at the Matheson site, now called the Adult Day Program (ADP)
  • LINC, JSW, and Newcomer Settlement Program move to 21 Regan Road in Brampton
  • Indus’s electronic newsletter is launched
  • Services for Seniors and New Immigrants open at 245 Queen Street East in Brampton
  • ADP expands to a third location at the Cooksville site for 3 days a week
  • Home Support Exercise Program is launched for the Seniors services
  • Start of a dedicated Senior’s LINC class in Brampton and evening classes in Mississauga
  • ‘Guide to Holistic Self-Care’ is published in English and Punjabi

2010-2011

  • Indus celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Open Houses and presentations at each of its five sites
  • ‘Services for New Immigrants’ – new location opens in Unit 1 at 3038 Hurontario Street
  • Founding Directors and long-time staff recognized at the 25th Annual General Meeting
  • 24th September 2010: 25th Anniversary Gala Celebrations
  • Indus Community Services partners with Credit Valley Hospital for Kids Type 2 Diabetes Project
  • Youth Leadership Program launched
  • ‘Guide to Holistic Self-Care’ translated and published in Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil and Hindi
  • Family Court Support program started

2012 -2013

  • ADP expands to 5 days a week at the Cooksville site
  • Psychogeriatic Behaviour Specialist services launched
  • Executive Director of Indus retires after 27 years and the new Executive Director transitions into the role
  • Three Year Strategic Plan implementation starts under the new leadership
  • Seniors Services receives 3 year Accreditation by CARF Canada with a Gold Star
  • Indus starts free Citizenship preparation classes

2014-2015

  • Indus endorses the Regional Diversity Charter
  • Becomes one of the official distributors of the ‘WelcomePack’
  • Participated in the Peel Pride Week for the first time
  • ‘Sensory Enrichment Program’ is introduced for seniors in the Adult Day Program
  • Receives the “Friends of the Credit’ Certificate of Merit Award from Credit Valley Conservation
  • Indus wins the United Way’s ‘Outstanding Agency Campaign’ award
  • Indus Community Services participates in the Mississauga Marathon and staff raise over $9000 for a youth program
  • Indus Community Services is a leading partner for: Mississauga Gives, and the Peel Fund Development Collaborative
  • 28 August 2015 – Changing Lives, Realising Opportunities: 30th Anniversary Fundraising Gala