Welcome to Umoja
"Building Strong Communities; Moving from Newcomers to Neighbours"
Umoja Operation Compassion Society of British Columbia is a charitable and newcomer settlement organization formed in 2002 to work with recent immigrants and refugees of all cultural backgrounds living in Surrey, BC. Our culturally attuned, trauma-informed programs are particularly essential for those at risk of socio-economic marginalization based on language and skills gaps, race, cultural and religious background, trauma, or perceived status.
Our Society seeks to holistically support integration into Canadian society while upholding each person’s dignity and unique worth to our communities. In so doing, we aspire to bridge the privilege gap and to work toward an authentically thriving Canadian society in which no one is left behind.
We Are Celebrating
20 Years of
Over our 20 year existence, we have been privileged to support the successful mainstreaming of over 4000 newcomer families and individuals.
Umoja’s transformative work continues to be centered on trust, professionalism, integrity, dedication, creativity, and an authentic relational approach to all our clients. We also aspire to be a benchmark organization in every aspect of our work.
Our diverse, dedicated staff and volunteers continue to leverage their lived (and learned) experience to transform lives daily. We also remain deeply grateful for the amazing support of our sponsors, community partners, and stakeholders!
A highlight of this season of celebration was our 20th Anniversary Dinner & Gala on February 25th, 2023!