CRS was formed in 1992, supporting resettling refugee background families with 3 services: Bilingual Community Work, Social Work and English language classes, with childcare support. Over time the name of the agency has changed to reflect the support provided to refugee and migrant background communities. CRS currently employs 44 staff from 21 ethnic backgrounds in a range of roles across all funding contracts. CRS has remained true to her foundation with the original services provided forming the core of the work of the agency. CRS now also provides health promotion, counselling, and support to earthquake impacted homeowners. In addition CRS contributes Lead Professional time to the Canterbury Children’s Team. CRS values partnerships at all levels and works hard to ensure that services delivered are well aligned with client need in the context of  Government priorities. Funding is provided by a wide range of funding bodies, including national and local Government as well as philanthropic organisations.