About Us

The IRCOM Story

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates two transitional housing complexes in downtown Winnipeg called IRCOM Ellen (located at 95 Ellen St.) and IRCOM Isabel (located at 215 Isabel St.). IRCOM offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival.

The IRCOM model is focused on:

  • A holistic approach to assist families, rather than individuals, by offering English classes, life-skills training, and children and youth programs in the community where they live
  • Fostering independence, rather dependency
  • Connecting people with existing supports rather than duplicating existing services and only creating programming where gaps exist
  • Building trust and encouraging community building
  • Employing new Canadians who understand the challenges faced by newcomers
  • Utilizing volunteers and a highly efficient, low-cost delivery model

In addition IRCOM provides onsite supports and services including an After-School Program for children and youth, an Asset Building Program for learning about money in a Canadian context, a Community Resource Program for connecting newcomers to resources in Winnpeg, and a Newcomer Literacy Initiative for English classes. Other programs are also available. For a complete list of programming available at IRCOM, click here.


IRCOM House is home to families from diverse cultural, educational, linguistic and professional backgrounds. Current residents of IRCOM come from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.

IRCOM is guided by a volunteer board of directors and is funded through a variety of sources. For a complete list of IRCOM’s funders and partners, click here. To see IRCOM’s most recent annual report, click here.