Our Mission & Vision
Roots Community Services Inc, formerly United Achievers' Community Services Inc., is a charitable, multi-service organization that provides culturally-relevant programs and services to inspire residents in the Region of Peel, primarily from the Black and Caribbean communities, to make positive changes in their lives and within their communities.
Our vision is to be a leader in the transformation that would ensure equity and equality for Black and Caribbean communities within the Region of Peel and beyond.
What We Do
Roots Community Services (RootsCS) Inc. provides culturally-enriching and appropriate programs and services that assist individuals and families in finding solutions to their needs. We create hope within individuals and inspire them to break through barriers to a world of possibilities.
Our aim is to assist our clients by providing pathways for them to achieve their full potential and contribute to improving their health, well-being and quality of life.
We offer the following programs:
- Building Healthy Families: a program offered in partnership with the Peel Children’s Aid Society, the objective of which is to keep families together as they are counselled through difficult situations.
- Healthy, Active and Wise Seniors: this program brings together more than 300 seniors in three partner locations (Chris Gibson Community Centre, Fortinos Brisdale in Fletchers Meadow and Nance Horwood Place) where they engage in exercises (including zumba and yoga), jewellery making, a weekly congregate hot-meal lunch and educational sessions. In addition, we offer a weekly health and wellness program at Chapelview, a seniors' residence in Brampton, in collaboration with Peel Living and the Punjabi Community Health Services.
- Fresh Start for Women: this program seeks to reduce the incidences of abuse against women through individual counselling and support groups. We work in partnership with Interim Place, a shelter for abused women in the Region of Peel, to provide transitional housing for women who need a safe place away from their abusive situations.
- Children & Youth: we offer a number of programs including:
- Black Leaders of Tomorrow is a Youth Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program in which youth 16 to 24 years who aspire to own their business or already do so are mentored to become strong and successful business leaders.
- Arts, Literacy & Tutoring Club, where children ages six to 13 are offered individualized tutoring in subjects they are struggling with in school. In addition, students are given the opportunity to express themselves through various art and literacy activities. We have also partnered with The Collective Elite, a basketball league, to tutor students in academic subjects as well as inspire them through life and pro-social skills training.
- We provide support to the Brampton chapter of Spelling Bee, which inspires students to expand their vocabulary, communication skills and self-confidence, by providing a foundation for future scholastic achievements.
- Summer Camp, a seven-week day camp for ages 6 to 14 where children are engaged in activities that broaden their horizon and give them a better appreciation for their environment.
- The Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker program is geared toward youth ages 12 to 21 who may be experiencing challenges related to mental health, addictions, trauma, relationship violence, human/sex trafficking. Through this program, youth are provided with techniques to help them cope with the issues they are facing and to help connect them with services where they could build up their self-esteem.
- We have partnered with other Black agencies, the United Way Greater Toronto and Peel District School Board in the Region of Peel to implement the Black Youth School Success Initiative. This program provides wrap-around services to help students graduate or be on track to graduate from secondary school.