The Indigenous Homeward Bound Fort Erie (IHBFE)
The Indigenous Homeward Bound Fort Erie (IHBFE) program this is a Education to Employment initiative for single Indigenous women with wrap around supports. IHBFE is grounded in cultural supports to assist participants with their purpose and in achieving their personal goals which includes a support through a post-secondary program, a paid work experience leading to a fulfilling and accomplished career.
As one of 7 Friendship Centres that have the Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound (UIHB) program under the OFIFC, each Friendship Centre names this program and runs it to meet the needs of the participants in their own community.
This includes the needs of the participant's children, meeting individual needs of the family by keeping in touch with regular check ins for troubleshooting and support. We are a rural community, being a scattered site, encompassing South Niagara Falls, Welland, Port Colborne, Crystal Beach, Ridgeway and Fort Erie.