About Us

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

Our History

It began with a building – a 67-suite apartment block on the western edge of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, created to house a wave of boat people and refugees from Southeast Asia.

IRCOM House opened with a rush of excitement and high expectations, struggled through years of under-funding, and then underwent a re-birth. In that process, a unique and potent model for assisting newcomers has emerged – one that offers inspiration to a province which has staked its future prosperity on its ability to successfully integrate newcomers into its mosaic.

Our Stories

Community Safety and Crime Prevention

IRCOM was host to City of Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman who announced the 23 recipients of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention (CSCP) grant at a press conference held today. “It’s no secret that, along with other cities in Canada, our city has been facing challenges related to public safety and community wellness,” said Bowman….

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You Can Help Newcomers Today

Dear friend, Connection. That is what the After School Program builds with your gift. Right now, the children and youth at IRCOM are facing the challenges of increased gang activity and violence in our neighbourhoods. You can help keep our community welcoming and safe by donating to the After School Program today.  Like you, I…

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From Walking Stick to Wheelchair

While Tenenke lived in the Ivory Coast, she sustained a knee injury in a conflict and was given a walking stick by her grandmother.  When she moved to Canada she used a walker with wheels and struggled to get around in the snow. She would have to walk a few meters and then sit on…

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IRCOM children

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