2018 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults

With roots that trace back to 1957, the focus of A & O: Support Services for Older Adults' operations is identifying and addressing many of the issues facing older adults.  Hand in hand wtih older adults, and through partnerships with community groups, the agency takes action to improve the quality of life for older adults in Manitoba through advocacy, education and service delivery.  A & O strives to involve older adults in decision-making.  Their expertise is an important contribution to building a healthy community in which older adults play a vital role.

The Safe Suite program provides temporary housing for individuals 55+, regardless of gender, who are in need of a safe place to stay due to abuse or neglect.  Clients are provided with furnished accomodations for up to 60 days at no cost.  Registered Social Workers provide counselling services and practical assistance in accessing housing, financial and legal services.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will support furnishings for two suites (one new and one existing) within the Safe Suite Program.

Bravestone Centre Inc.

Bravestone Centre offers women and their children the opportunity to heal and grow in a cooperative, caring environment with other families who have shared a similar experience. Bravestone Centre believes that families must be free from danger to break the cycle of violence. 

Bravestone Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that provides women and their children affected by domestic violence with secure and safe on-site housing, individual and group therapeutic counselling, support programs, advocacy, and connection with community resources. address the needs of women who have already taken steps toward resolving the initial crisis involved in their decision to separate from their abusive partner. 

Bravestone Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. For over 28 years, under the previous name of WISH Inc. (Women in Second Stage Housing), they have been honoured to work with courageous women and their children as they break free from family violence.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will go towards replacement of beds and mattresses within the program family suites.

Esther House Inc.

Working in close cooperation with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), Esther House has assisted women to move back into the community with a strong sense of confidence in their abilities to deal with their addictions and move forward in their lives.  While at Esther House, many of these women have enrolled in training and upgrading, sought and found gainful employment and become reunited with their families.

Esther House Inc. is a non-profit, community-based facility that provides shelter and support to women in second stage recovery from addiction. It is one of the few non co-ed places where women can stay for a period of up to twelve months while making the transition back into society. Esther House is a safe house that provides the infrastructure necessary for women to heal, and gain confidence and self-esteem in order to continue their journey of life in recovery.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will go towards ongoing operational funding assistance.

Knowles Centre Inc.

Knowles Centre is a community-based, nonprofit social service agency for children, adolescents and young adults facing difficult times in their lives. It began as a home for boys in 1907, and today provides a range of therapeutic and skills-based programs to young people from Manitoba and other communities throughout Canada.  Their mission is to help young people and their families to address past struggles, to develop healthier relationships and ways of life, and to reach their full potential in the future.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will fund maintenance and cleaning of the suites boiler.

L'arche Winnipeg Inc.

Our mission is: to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities revealed through mutually transforming relationships; to foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, whilst being faithful to the core values of our founding story; engage in our diverse cultures, working tougher towards a more humane society.  

L’Arche Winnipeg began in 1973. Our community has grown over the years, and today we welcome 28 people with a developmental disability who are living in our six houses and two supported-living apartments, along with approximately 20 assistants, many of whom have come from other countries to experience L’Arche and make Winnipeg their home.  Four of our houses, our apartments, and our office are in the east end of Winnipeg (Transcona) and are all within walking distance of each other. Our two other homes are closer to downtown Winnipeg (in Windsor Park and St. Boniface).  

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will help fund replacement of kitchen cupboards in Anchor home.

Main Street Project

Main Street Project provides a safe place of respite, shelter and support, with dignity and without judgment to individuals in our community experiencing homelessness and addiction. They advocate for a more inclusive society and assist marginalized individuals to make a real choice. 

Main Street Project’s vision is that every individual has a safe place to be, and an opportunity to make real choices.  They help hold communities by supporting addictions, chronic and acute illness, housing and mental health issues. By addressing these principles in each individual journey, they contribute to overall quality of life of our community members.  Since 1972 they’ve served the needs of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents and have always worked towards helping our community find its collective footing.

The MREA Shelter Foundation funding will help replace the concrete entrance of Mainstay Residence, to make it more accessible for those residents with disabilities.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (MIIC) is Manitoba’s largest refugee settlement agency. Through the agency’s Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) and its Educational and Community Services Division, MIIC staff work with multicultural, multi-linguistic and multi-faith communities in Manitoba to support Government Assisted Refugees (GARs), Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) and other newcomers. 

The agency has over 65 years’ history of sustainability and growth. Governed by a multi-faith volunteer Board the agency mobilizes resources from government, and the general community, to deliver high quality services to help integrate refugees into Canadian society. Under the direction of the Board the agency monitors government policies and attitudes towards refugees and works cooperatively with federal, provincial and non-government agencies which are concerned for the welfare of refugees. The agency ensures through its programming and community connections with other like-minded and specialized agencies that refugees access and receive services that are necessary and appropriate for an individual and family need.

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will help support the purchase of bed bug mattress and pillow protector covers, and the replacement of fridges for residents at Welcome Place.

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families
 

Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. They have redefined their services to work better with children, youth, adults and families as they chart their own course within the community. Services are divided into three categories: Counselling, Assessment, Support and Prevention Programs; Training and Education Programs; and Residential and Support Programs. New Directions strives to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve the life they’ve dreamed of – a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. We believe in a person-centred approach.

At New Directions, a wide range of services are provided that encompass a multitude of areas that can affect people’s lives. Some people may use one service, others may use several. Regardless of how many services someone uses, New Directions provides support as people take steps to improve their lives—and through them, the lives of others in the community.  

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will help provide new beds and bug proof mattresses for participants in the SAL program.

Red Road Lodge

The Red Road Lodge is located on the corner of Logan and Main Street in the heart of Winnipeg's homeless community.  Operating as a transitional, supportive housing facility, it is the only dry, safe single room occupancy hotel on the notorious downtown strip.  The Lodge provides homes to 44 individuals in recovery from addictions, suffering with a mental illness or often both.

A proven housing model, it significantly contributes to long-term successful tenancies, addiction recovery, mental health wellness, reintegration, volunteer & employment opportunities.  Combined with a dry approach to housing marginalized people, they provide critical Life Skills Programs, including REACH the STREET, a new employment training initiative.  

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will help support the purchase of a high heat treament heater to treat bed bugs within their resident suites.

The Salvation Army - Booth Centre

Since 1886, The Salvation Army in the community of Winnipeg has been meeting needs and providing hope and dignity to those who need it most. Located in Winnipeg’s downtown core, The Salvation Army Booth Centre Ministries continues a tradition of caring service to individuals and families coping with homelessness, poverty, addictions and mental illness. Booth Centre Ministries offers short and long-term accommodations and meals for up to 250 men and women in a clean, safe and secure environment. Care for an additional 60 persons is offered through Booth Centre Ministries’ Sonrise Village Family Shelter. Services include transitional shelter, Sonrise Village Family Shelter, private and semi-private rooms for men and women, dormitory accommodations, additional “cold weather” space on days of extreme cold, family shelter suites with two or three bedrooms including accessible suites, meals, weekly housekeeping, laundry facilities, and an emergency clothing depot.

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will support kitchen equipment for their newly constructed kitchen and dining room.

Two Ten Recovery

Since 2007, Two Ten Recovery has provided abstinent based accomodations in clean, safe and structured environments for men & women in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction.

The mandate of the project is to help individuals who have a desire to stay clean and sober, become productive members of society.  The project values the participants involvement in the 12-step recovery fellowships and believes it essential to healthy sobriety.  It is Two Ten's philosophy that individuals need to possess honesty, open-mindedness and willingness to initiate a change in their lifestyle.

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will support various renovation and upkeep projects throughout the homes.

YWCA Brandon

YWCA Meredith Place is a quality, 24 hour co-ed facility, with 21 bedrooms.  Transitional housing and supervised care is offered to a wide variety of clients in need of safe, supportive, affordable housing.  The residents of Meredith Place are provided with shelter, meals, support, information and referrals to assist them in acquiring skills to move towards their maximum level of independence.  Emergency Units are also available for women and children who are homeless.  

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will support construction of a well-being round house.

Our 2018 Donors

Special thanks to all our participating Broker agencies:
Century 21 Advanced Realty
Realty Executives First Choice
RE/MAX executives realty
RE/MAX performance realty

Platinum ($1,000 or more) 
Kelly Fernandez, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Amber van den Broek, RE/MAX Executives Realty, Winnipeg, MB
Hunter Wonnacott, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB

Gold ($500 or more) 
Jayesh Guliani, Royal LePage Alliance, Winnipeg, MB
Barbara-Ann McKirdy, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
John Scappaticci, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Shona Scappaticci, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Jeff Stern, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
David Thompson, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB

Silver ($250 or more) 
Betty Druxman, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Bo Kauffmann, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Clara Mitchell Enns, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Rachel Moore, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Martin Mushinski, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Jennifer Smith, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Glen J. Sytnyk Inc., RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Amber Triechel, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Andrea Wiebe, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Dennis Wiebe, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB

Bronze ($100 or more) 
Reid Boles, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Ken Brown, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Lynn Desrosiers, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Rob Hutchison, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Carla McLennan, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Carolyn Menaar, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Mary Schneider, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Wes Unger, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Leslie Weselak, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB

Supporter 
Sue Deighton, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Hermangild (Simon) Don, Century 21 Advanced Realty, Winnipeg, MB
Klaus Fischer, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Michelle Laidlow, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Blair Reimer, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Angie Rondeau, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Lynda Sawkins, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Anna-Maria Trotta, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Bradley Yeadon, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB

2017 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

Bravestone Centre Inc.

Bravestone Centre offers women and their children the opportunity to heal and grow in a cooperative, caring environment with other families who have shared a similar experience. Bravestone Centre believes that families must be free from danger to break the cycle of violence. 

Bravestone Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that provides women and their children affected by domestic violence with secure and safe on-site housing, individual and group therapeutic counselling, support programs, advocacy, and connection with community resources. address the needs of women who have already taken steps toward resolving the initial crisis involved in their decision to separate from their abusive partner. 

Bravestone Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. For over 28 years, under the previous name of WISH Inc. (Women in Second Stage Housing), they have been honoured to work with courageous women and their children as they break free from family violence.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will go towards new furniture in family units.

Esther House Inc.

Working in close cooperation with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), Esther House has assisted women to move back into the community with a strong sense of confidence in their abilities to deal with their addictions and move forward in their lives.  While at Esther House, many of these women have enrolled in training and upgrading, sought and found gainful employment and become reunited with their families.

Esther House Inc. is a non-profit, community-based facility that provides shelter and support to women in second stage recovery from addiction. It is one of the few non co-ed places where women can stay for a period of up to twelve months while making the transition back into society. Esther House is a safe house that provides the infrastructure necessary for women to heal, and gain confidence and self-esteem in order to continue their journey of life in recovery.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will go towards ongoing operational funding assistance.

Knowles Centre Inc.

Knowles Centre is a community-based, nonprofit social service agency for children, adolescents and young adults facing difficult times in their lives. It began as a home for boys in 1907, and today provides a range of therapeutic and skills-based programs to young people from Manitoba and other communities throughout Canada.  Their mission is to help young people and their families to address past struggles, to develop healthier relationships and ways of life, and to reach their full potential in the future.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will fund the purchase of a boiler for one of their apartment buildings.

L'arche Winnipeg Inc.

Our mission is: to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities revealed through mutually transforming relationships; to foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, whilst being faithful to the core values of our founding story; engage in our diverse cultures, working tougher towards a more humane society.  

L’Arche Winnipeg began in 1973. Our community has grown over the years, and today we welcome 28 people with a developmental disability who are living in our six houses and two supported-living apartments, along with approximately 20 assistants, many of whom have come from other countries to experience L’Arche and make Winnipeg their home.  Four of our houses, our apartments, and our office are in the east end of Winnipeg (Transcona) and are all within walking distance of each other. Our two other homes are closer to downtown Winnipeg (in Windsor Park and St. Boniface).  

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will replace flooring in two of the L'Arche homes.

Main Street Project

Main Street Project provides a safe place of respite, shelter and support, with dignity and without judgment to individuals in our community experiencing homelessness and addiction. They advocate for a more inclusive society and assist marginalized individuals to make a real choice. 

Main Street Project’s vision is that every individual has a safe place to be, and an opportunity to make real choices.  They help hold communities by supporting addictions, chronic and acute illness, housing and mental health issues. By addressing these principles in each individual journey, they contribute to overall quality of life of our community members.  Since 1972 they’ve served the needs of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents and have always worked towards helping our community find its collective footing.

The MREA Shelter Foundation funding will contribute to the purchase of commercial grade quality furniture in their men’s chemical detoxification facility.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (MIIC) is Manitoba’s largest refugee settlement agency. Through the agency’s Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) and its Educational and Community Services Division, MIIC staff work with multicultural, multi-linguistic and multi-faith communities in Manitoba to support Government Assisted Refugees (GARs), Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) and other newcomers. 

The agency has over 65 years’ history of sustainability and growth. Governed by a multi-faith volunteer Board the agency mobilizes resources from government, and the general community, to deliver high quality services to help integrate refugees into Canadian society. Under the direction of the Board the agency monitors government policies and attitudes towards refugees and works cooperatively with federal, provincial and non-government agencies which are concerned for the welfare of refugees. The agency ensures through its programming and community connections with other like-minded and specialized agencies that refugees access and receive services that are necessary and appropriate for an individual and family need.

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will go towards the construction of an outdoor storage shed.

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) is an integrated service organization for youth, focusing on shelter, culture, recreation, education, outreach and support; in operation since 1993. The programs and services of Ndinawe have been developed according to traditional philosophy. Central to this philosophy is to give love, guidance, and respect. Since Aboriginal people often express feelings and carry out child-rearing in different ways than non-Aboriginal people, cultural customs and traditions have often been misunderstood by dominant culture. In more recent times, there has been recognition of the damage caused by societal attempts at assimilation and Aboriginal people have been begun the process of restoration and regeneration. The opening of Ndinawe in October 1993 is yet another step toward that end.

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will go towards fixing minor kitchen repairs, the purchase of a dishwasher, and new kitchen supplies for the Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre.

Samaritan House Ministries Inc.

Motivated by a spirit of Christian service, the founders of Samaritan House Ministries aimed to reach out and help those people in Brandon and its neighbouring communities who were in need.  

The Safe & Warm Shelter is a 10-bed emergency shelter designated for adults who experience occasional homelessness. The shelter is fully staffed with trained support workers and security guards who ensure safety and assistance for clients. From November 2015 to March 2016, 61 homeless men and women stayed for a total of 457 safe and warm nights. By March 2016, 7 people transitioned from the shelter into their own home.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will provide funding towards the cost of two security guards for the Safe and Warm Shelter.

SEED Winnipeg Inc.

SEED Winnipeg is a registered non-profit charitable organization formed in the late 1980s as a result of a major study into the economic development needs of Winnipeg’s inner city. The study indicated a strong need for a business development organization to serve Winnipeg’s low-income community. After spending a few years searching for resources, SEED Winnipeg became operational in January 1993.

Vision: SEED envisions a world where opportunities exist for all people and communities to realize their hopes. Mission To build strong communities and increase opportunities for people through financial empowerment programs and services.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will provide funding towards the delivery information courses to individuals in the process of buying their first home.

Siloam Mission

A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg's less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian agency offering programs and services at no charge to those experiencing homelessness. Siloam Mission alleviates the hardships of the poor and homeless, assists in transitioning them into self-sufficient and generous lifestyles, and advocates nationwide on their behalf.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will provide funding towards an Easter meal for approximately 1,000 of Winnipeg's less fortunate.

Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity® Inc.

Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity® builds affordable homes for low-income working families to purchase. By offering families a hand up through no down payment and interest-free mortgages, these proud new homeowners gain esteem, stability, and security for their children that they never thought possible.

Habitat relies on its thousands of passionate volunteers who help to build these homes and its many generous sponsors and partners that enable families and communities to share a brighter future. The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will provide a secure, enclosed trailer for use at Habitat build sites.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will provide funding towards an Easter meal for approximately 1,000 of Winnipeg's less fortunate.

Women's Safe Haven/Resource Service Inc.

Mandate is to provide services within the Flin Flon and surrounding area that protect and empower women and youth without discrimination through support, interim housing, referral, resources, information, counseling, and emergency housing.  Working towards ending violence against women and children by providing immediate assistance through the Emergency housing program (Safe Haven), they assist women and youth to plan and apply changes towards personal growth, increased independence and empowerment in their lives through provision of individual and group counseling, information and referral.  While also providing public awareness on women’s issues through workshops, public speaking, counseling services and walk-in facility.

The MREA Shelter Foundation funding will go towards furnishing a three bedroom interim housing suite, adding security cameras, and a monitored security system.

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Our 2017 Donors

Special thanks to all our participating Broker agencies:
Gateway Real Estate Ltd.
Realty Executives First Choice 
RE/MAX performance realty

Platinum ($1,000 or more) 
Chris Pennycook, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, Winnipeg, MB
Hunter Wonnacott, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB

Gold ($500 or more) 
Jayesh Guliani, Royal LePage Alliance, Winnipeg, MB
Rob Hutchison, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Kelly Fernandez, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Barbara-Ann McKirdy, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB 
Shona Scappaticci, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
John Scappaticci, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Mary Schneider, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB

Silver ($250 or more)
Martin Mushinski, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Stephen Olyniuk, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Rachel Moore, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Ken Brown, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Clara Mitchell Enns, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Bo Kauffmann, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Betty Druxman, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Glen J. Sytnyk Inc., RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Jeff Arnason, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Carolyn Menaar, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB

Bronze ($100 or more)
Lynda Sawkins, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Nicole Landry-Milner, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Kali Martens, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Kailey Ayotte, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Gerry Madison, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Jennifer Smith, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Jeff Stern, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Yolanda Meneses, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Amanda Altstadt, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
James Born, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Michelle Laidlow, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Andrea Wiebe, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Dennis Wiebe, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Ryan Woligroski, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB
Donna Kirsch, Gateway Real Estate Ltd., St. Laurent, MB
Jennifer Okaluk, Gateway Real Estate Ltd., St Laurent, MB

Supporter
Kris Keough, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Amber Treichel, RE/MAX perfomance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Lynn Desrosiers, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Klaus Fischer, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Lynne Dubienski, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Rhea Kokesch, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Byron Martin, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Estate of Neil Peters, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MB
Jinny Camara, RE/MAX performance realty, Winnipeg, MBF
Genevieve Grant, Realty Executives First Choice, Winnipeg, MB 
Cheryl Kretzmann, Gateway Real Estate Ltd., St. Laurent, MB

contact

Jill Johnston
Director of Operations
jjohnston@mrea.mb.ca
Phone: 204.772.0405
Registered Charitable Number: 843054164RR0001

 

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