To promote justice and address violence by fostering and providing quality, integrated services, education and housing programs designed to inspire well-being and healing for people in crisis. Chimo has a three prong approach to affecting social change in our community. Through crisis programs, we serve people in immediate need. Through transition programs, people make meaningful, lasting changes in their lives, or establish themselves in their new country. Education encourages prevention and positively influences views and behaviours.
Chimo is a non-profit organization serving people in crisis, transition and through education.
Chimo prevents tragedies and saves lives. Chimo strengthens individuals, families, and communities. Chimo connects people with needed community resources. Chimo builds bridges of understanding.
Created in Richmond, British Columbia in 1973, Chimo Community Services now serves over 10,000 individuals and families each year from different cultural backgrounds, age groups, family lifestyles, and economic situations. Through nine program areas, Chimo provides diverse services from community building to prevention, from individual crisis support to advocacy, and from peer support to education. Chimo engages in collaborative community planning and develops innovative resources to address emerging needs.
Chimo's people - 9 Board members, 30 staff, and 200 volunteers - reflect a range of cultural backgrounds and life experiences, and speak more than a dozen languages.