Recipients

2016 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding 

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.

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.
 
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.
 
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates a transitional housing complex in downtown Winnipeg called IRCOM House Ellen. IRCOM House offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival. Recently, IRCOM opened their second site, “IRCOM Isabel” located at 215 Isabel Street, in the Centennial neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

IRCOM provides onsite supports and services including an after-school program for children and youth, an asset-building program for those interested in learning about money in the Canadian context and participating in a matched savings program as well as a community resource program that connects community members with employment, education, and various health resources throughout Winnipeg. IRCOM also runs the Newcomer Literacy Initiative which consists of daily “English as an additional language” classes with free childcare available.

IRCOM House is home to families from diverse cultural, educational, linguistic and professional backgrounds. Current residents of IRCOM come from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Somalia and Sudan.  MREA Shelter Foundation funding has provided for new furniture in the sunny new library space at IRCOM Isabel.

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 carpets and flooring in five of the L'Arche homes.

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 assist the replacement of kitchen tables and chairs in MIIC's apartment units.

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.

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 provide new beds and bed bug proof mattresses to participants in the Supported Apartment Living Program.

Nova House Inc.

Nova House aims to provide women and children in the Interlake and North Eastman regions with facilities, programs and a continuum of service to protect and empower them against all forms of domestic violence. 

Nova House, incorporated in 1985, is a 14-bed facility providing shelter for abused women and children and is located in the Interlake region of Manitoba. Nova House affords temporary shelter, counselling, support groups, and referral to community resources for women and their children. Two interim housing units are also available for women and children to use until they become independent.

The MREA Shelter Foundation funding will provide for the purchase of new beds and new mattresses for the new Nova House Shelter.

Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) Inc.

RaY is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach to all interactions with youth in need.  RaY’s missions is “To provide youth with what they need, on their terms, to better their lives.”

On June 15, 2010, RaY officially opened the doors of its newly renovated space at 125 Sherbrook Street, an 8,000 square foot site that is better suited to the needs of the agency and the youth who access its services. Today, RaY provides a continuum of services and continues to expand and evolve its programming to provide youth with what they need, on their terms, to better their lives. 

MREA Shelter Foundation funding will help to support and promote the skills and prospects of the youth working in the kitchen program, by providing cleaning supplies, equipment, and small kitchen-wares.

Samaritan House Ministries Inc.; Safe and Warm Shelter

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.

Siloam Mission Inc.

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 new bed bug-proof mattress and pillow protectors for Siloam's shelter beds.

South Central Committee on Family Violence Inc., Genesis House

Genesis House exists so that the people of south central Manitoba will be free from family and intimate partner abuse achieving results that justify the relative worth. Genesis House provides a confidential service, which includes a shelter for abused women and their children, residential and non-residential programs and prevention through public education.

The South Central Committee on Family Violence Inc. exists so there will be: empowerment for women and children to connect to their personal power, resources for women in abusive situations, assistance in reaching goals, safety for women and children in facility and protection planning, education to the community to decrease the incidence of abuse, support for women and children 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help them make informed choices.

Funding from the MREA Shelter Foundation will assist towards replacement of the furniture in the Genesis House shelter.
 

2015 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding 

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.

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).

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (MIIC) is a voluntary association of faith communities and Manitobans that exists to welcome refugees and new immigrants to settle and integrate into Manitoba.  MIIC promotes and supports the protection and resettlement of refugees and offers a range of services that welcomes and assists refugee newcomers in their settlement and integration into Canadian society. 

MIIC strives to enable independence and full participation of these newcomers in our community.  Refugee newcomers bring many gifts to Manitoba.  They bring education, artistry, deep beliefs, values, and experience and family bonds.  Refugee newcomers contribute to the strength of our community, our economy, and our diversity.  Their courage and determination to rebuild their lives and pursue their ambitions are evident through their resilience and will to survive.

Marymound Inc.

Marymound’s primary mission is with children, youth and families who need support as they face the challenges of growing, learning and parenting. Through culturally diverse care in safe living environments, individual relationships, academic preparation, therapeutic intervention and advocacy, Marymound supports Manitoba children and their families to reach their fullest potential and independence. Our programs respect, nurture and enhance the strength in every individual and family.

Thanks to the Manitoba Real Estate (MREA) Shelter Foundation, Marymound will begin to fix and renovate the E. P. Leacock Estate, to house between 10 – 12 young women who are ready to move from secure assessment/stabilization.  This graduated care facility will focus on assisting these young women to successfully transition into a community placement. The home is 133 years old and was home to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Marymound’s founders.

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.

Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. We have redefined ourselves and our services to work better with children, youth, adults and families as they chart their own course within the community. Our services are divided into three categories: Counselling, Assessment, Support and Prevention Programs; Training and Education Programs; and Residential and Support Programs. We strive 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, we provide a wide range of services 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, we’re here to provide support as people take steps to improve their lives—and through them, the lives of others in the community.

Nova House Inc.

Nova House aims to provide women and children in the Interlake and North Eastman regions with facilities, programs and a continuum of service to protect and empower them against all forms of domestic violence. 

Nova House, incorporated in 1985, is a 14-bed facility providing shelter for abused women and children and is located in the Interlake region of Manitoba. Nova House affords temporary shelter, counselling, support groups, and referral to community resources for women and their children. Two interim housing units are also available for women and children to use until they become independent.

The MREA Shelter Foundation funding will assist towards the building of a new Nova House facility which will replace the existing shelter.

Samaritan House Ministries Inc.; Safe and Warm Shelter

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.  During the 2012/2013 winter a group of concerned service providers came together to provide emergency shelter for the absolute homeless during the coldest days.  Through many hours of volunteer time and donations a temporary emergency shelter was offered on days when the weather dipped below -15c. The provision of shelter was extremely time-consuming as the shelter rotated amongst local churches who agreed to make space available at no cost, which meant the sleeping mats, linens, and supplies had to be transported back and forth.  The offering of shelter only when the temperature dipped below -15°C and in varying locations proved very confusing for those seeking shelter.  

The 2013/2014 winter saw an enhanced shelter registration process with an emphasis on connecting those seeking shelter to the resources necessary to secure longer term housing.   The shelter was open every night between Dec. 10th, 2013 and March 16th, 2014 rather than dependent upon weather, which can change significantly over the course of an evening. 

Shalom Residences Inc.

Shalom Residences supports and enables people with intellectual disabilities in our programs to achieve their potential as contributing members of our community, and to become as self-sufficient as possible. We aim to develop community awareness, and increase community acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities as full and equal citizens.

We provide a home life that is positive, comfortable, rewarding and inviting through loyal, dedicated, well-trained staff that encourages independence through the teaching and practice of life skills.  Shalom residents have opportunities and support to be employed in many different job settings, be involved in community organizations and leisure groups, socialize with and entertain friends and family, celebrate special events, travel on vacations, enjoy concerts and theatre, and develop strong bonds with those around them.

Siloam Mission Inc.

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 enable replacement of 32 mattresses and the purchase of 40 bed bug covers for Hannah's Place Emergency Overnight Shelter

2014 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding 

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults Inc.

In 1954, the City of Winnipeg was awakened to the needs of its most senior citizens. New developments in medicine had begun extending people's life spans and increased the number of people living into their sixties and up – including a large ratio who came through the depression years when making or saving money was difficult. The Welfare Council of Greater Winnipeg undertook a major study of this new, older population. Prompted in part by the fact that Winnipeg's aged population had almost doubled since 1941, the study was financed by The Winnipeg Foundation and was the first survey of its kind in any Canadian city. It was called Age and Opportunity, and became the agency's namesake.  Today, A & O: Support Services for Older Adults is a not-for-profit social service agency that offers life-enhancing programs and services in safety and security, social engagement, and counselling to older adults 55+ living in the province of Manitoba. A&O: Support Services for Older Adults’ programs and services support and enhance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual lives of older persons and actively promote participation in all aspects of community life.

Esther House Inc.

Working in close cooperation with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba ), 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.  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.

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).

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (MIIC) is a voluntary association of faith communities and Manitobans that exists to welcome refugees and new immigrants to settle and integrate into Manitoba.  MIIC promotes and supports the protection and resettlement of refugees and offers a range of services that welcomes and assists refugee newcomers in their settlement and integration into Canadian society.  MIIC strives to enable independence and full participation of these newcomers in our community.  Refugee newcomers bring many gifts to Manitoba.  They bring education, artistry, deep beliefs, values, and experience and family bonds.  Refugee newcomers contribute to the strength of our community, our economy, and our diversity.  Their courage and determination to rebuild their lives and pursue their ambitions are evident through their resilience and will to survive.

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.

Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. We have redefined ourselves and our services to work better with children, youth, adults and families as they chart their own course within the community. Our services are divided into three categories: Counselling, Assessment, Support and Prevention Programs; Training and Education Programs; and Residential and Support Programs. We strive 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, we provide a wide range of services 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, we’re here to provide support as people take steps to improve their lives—and through them, the lives of others in the community.

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.

Samaritan House Ministries Inc.; Mary’s House

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.  Mary’s House provides four second-stage safe housing units for women and their children who have been victims of domestic violence. Second-stage houses provide opportunity to women who need time beyond their stay in transition houses to make plans to live independently. Women and their children usually stay in a second-stage house for six to 18 months. While there, they are involved in Mary’s House programs. Our Mary’s House project employs a women’s counsellor and a children’s counsellor who work with the women and children while they are in residence.

Samaritan House Ministries Inc.; Safe and Warm Shelter

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.  During the 2012/2013 winter a group of concerned service providers came together to provide emergency shelter for the absolute homeless during the coldest days.  Through tons of volunteer time and donations a temporary emergency shelter was offered on days when the weather dipped below -15c. The provision of shelter was extremely time-consuming as the shelter rotated amongst local churches who agreed to make space available at no cost, which meant the sleeping mats, linens, and supplies had to be transported back and forth.  The offering of shelter only when the temperature dipped below -15°C and in varying locations proved very confusing for those seeking shelter.  The 2013/2014 winter saw an enhanced shelter registration process with an emphasis on connecting those seeking shelter to the resources necessary to secure longer term housing.   The shelter was open every night between Dec. 10th, 2013 and March 16th, 2014 rather than dependent upon weather, which can change significantly over the course of an evening. 

South Central Committee on Family Violence Inc., Genesis House

Genesis House exists so that the people of south central Manitoba will be free from family and intimate partner abuse achieving results that justify the relative worth. We provide a confidential service, which includes a shelter for abused women and their children, residential and non-residential programs and prevention through public education. The South Central Committee on Family Violence Inc. exists so there will be: empowerment for women and children to connect to their personal power, resources for women in abusive situations, assistance in reaching goals, safety for women and children in facility and protection planning, education to the community to decrease the incidence of abuse, support for women and children 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help them make informed choices.

2013 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding 

Alpha House Inc.
 
Alpha House has seven suites available for women and their children to live in for up to nine months. Residents are protected by an extensive security network that includes keeping the location of the house strictly confidential. Counselling and support services are provided and women are encouraged to upgrade their skills to achieve self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life. Our mandate is to 
not only provide a place for families to live while transitioning away from violence, but to work closely with the women to build back their self-confidence and self-reliance so that they can live independently and flourish as examples to themselves, their children and other women being abused. We are also deeply concerned about children who have experienced family violence and provide specific childrens’ counselling to help them work through the trauma while living in the safe environment of Alpha House.
 
Esther House Inc.
 
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.
 
House of Hesed (Manitoba) Inc.
 
The mission of House of Hesed is to provide a home for persons living with HIV/AIDS, sharing mercy, hope, dignity, and peace. Consistent with the Christian perspective of caring for those in need regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation, House of Hesed provides a home-like setting promoting the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual quality of life of persons affected by HIV. House of Hesed seeks to provide the type of assistance and support that enables those who can, to return to stable, independent living in the community. House of Hesed is committed to affirming the value of each person who resides with us, and educating our community about HIV/AIDS to help dispel the stigma and fear surrounding those living with HIV, replacing it with a spirit of compassion.
 
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.
 
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates a transitional housing complex in downtown Winnipeg called IRCOM House Ellen. IRCOM House offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival. In addition IRCOM provides onsite supports and services including an after-school program for children and youth, an asset-building program for those interested in learning about money in the Canadian context and participating in a matched savings program as well as a community resource program that connects community members with employment, education, and various health resources throughout Winnipeg. IRCOM also runs the Newcomer Literacy Initiative which consists of daily “English as an additional language” classes with free childcare available. IRCOM House is home to families from diverse cultural, educational, linguistic and professional backgrounds. Current residents of IRCOM come from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Somalia and Sudan.
 
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.
 
Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. Their services fall under three categories: counselling, assessment, support and prevention programs; training and education programs; and residential and support programs. They strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. A wide range of services are provided encompassing many areas that can affect people's lives. New Directions provides support as people take steps to improve their lives - and through them, the lives of others in the community.
 
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.
 
Siloam Mission Inc.
 
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 support upgrades at the recently-purchased Madison Memorial Lodge on Evanson Street. The 87-unit housing complex will provide supportive housing for guests of the overnight shelter that wish to transition into self-sufficient lifestyles.
 
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 support a build in the Carman-Dufferin Chapter in 2013.
 
2012 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding


St. Matthews Housing Inc.

"So if I live here I will be safe."  That’s the dream of a 13-year-old boy standing in St. Matthew’s sanctuary learning about the WestEnd Commons. The WestEnd Commons is a project of St Matthews Non Profit Housing Inc., a partnership between Grain of Wheat Church-Community and St Matthew's Anglican Church. The current upper floors of St. Matthew's Anglican Church are being transformed into 25 homes for families: single parent families, newcomers to Canada, First Nation's families, people with mental health challenges, and others. The WestEnd Commons consists of a 1,000 sq. foot atrium, 3 one-bedroom, 17 two-bedroom, 3 three-bedroom, and 2 four-bedroom apartments. For 40 years the lower level of 641 St. Matthews Ave. has been a neighbourhood resource centre. Six agencies and community groups work in the neighbourhood resource centre to support the people of west central Winnipeg and these services will continue into the future with the WestEnd Commons. 

Visions of Independence Inc.

Located in Manitoba, Canada, Visions of Independence is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides housing and programs to persons with intellectual disabilities.  VOI provides residential, day and supported independent living programs in Winnipeg and in Portage La Prairie. VOI is committed to ensuring that each of the people we serve has all the rights and opportunities of community living. Visions of Independence has made a commitment to providing support specific to each person to ensure each individual is living as independent a lifestyle as possible.

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc.

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.

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults Inc.

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults is a not-for-profit social service agency that offers life-enhancing programs and services to older adults 55+ living in the province of Manitoba.  A & O: Support Services for Older Adults’ programs and services support and enhance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual lives of older persons and actively promote participation in all aspects of community life.

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 support a build in the Asessipi Parkland region in 2013.

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.

Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. Their services fall under three categories: counselling, assessment, support and prevention programs; training and education programs; and residential and support programs. They strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. A wide range of services are provided encompassing many areas that can affect people's lives. New Directions provides support as people take steps to improve their lives - and through them, the lives of others in the community.

Esther House Inc.

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 that exists 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.

Marymound Inc.

Marymound’s primary mission is with children, youth and families who need support as they face the challenges of growing, learning and parenting. Through culturally diverse care in safe living environments, individual relationships, academic preparation, therapeutic intervention and advocacy, Marymound supports Manitoba children and their families to reach their fullest potential and independence.  Anchored in the values of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Marymound believes in the intrinsic worth of every person. Our programs respect, nurture and enhance the strength in every individual and family. Thanks to the Manitoba Real Estate (MREA) Shelter Foundation, Marymound can make some much-needed renovations to its Emergency Receiving Home located in Thompson, Manitoba.

2011 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

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 support upgrades at the recently-purchased Madison Memorial Lodge on Evanson Street. The 87-unit housing complex will provide supportive housing for guests of the overnight shelter that wish to transition into self-sufficient lifestyles.

Nova House Inc.

Nova House, incorporated in 1985, is a 14-bed facility providing shelter for abused women and children and is located in the Interlake region of Manitoba. Nova House affords temporary shelter, counselling, support groups, and referral to community resources for women and their children. Two interim housing units are also available for women and children to use until they become independent. 

Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg

Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg® 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 support a home to be built in Portage la Prairie in 2012. 

North End Women's Centre Inc.

The North End Women's Centre has been serving women and their families for over 25 years. The NEWC is a community-bassed organization that provides women with support, knowledge, and opportunity as they move forward on their journey towards independence and a healthier lifestyle. NEWC's purpose is to provide a friendly atmosphere where women can receive the understanding, support, and resources they need to make informed choices about their lives. Resources include information, referrals, counselling, outreach, employment programs, transitional housing, groups and volunteer opportunities. The MREA Shelter Foundation grant will assist in the completion of Chriss Tetlock Place, housing the 'addictions continuing and ongoing recovery' program. 

Esther House Inc.

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 that exists 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. 

2010 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (MICC) is a non-profit, non-government agency which provides resettlement services to government-sponsored, privately-sponsored and refugee claimants. MIIC promotes and supports the protection and resettlement of refugees and offers a range of services that welcomes and assists refugee newcomers in their settlement and integration into Canadian society. MICC strives to enable independence and full participation of these newcomers in our community. 

Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg

Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg was incorporated in 1987 with its first office in the basement of a church on Church Street. They have built more than 160 homes since that time with the Jimmy Carter build in 1993 producing 19 homes, the largest number in any single year. Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg's mission: by mobilizing volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families. 

Esther House Inc.

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 that exists 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 to continue their journey of life in recovery.

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. Their services fall under three categories: counselling, assessment, support and prevention programs; training and education programs; and residential and support programs. They strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. A wide range of services are provided encompassing many areas that can affect people's lives. New Directions provides support as people take steps to improve their lives - and through them, the lives of others in the community. 

2009 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

Esther House Inc.

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 the only non co-ed place that exists 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 to continue their journey of life in recovery. 

Visions of Independence Inc.

Located in Manitoba, Canada, Visions of Independence is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides housing and programs to persons with intellectual disabilities.  VOI provides residential, day and supported independent living programs in Winnipeg and in Portage La Prairie.

VOI is committed to ensuring that each of the people we serve has all the rights and opportunities of community living.  Visions of Independence has made a commitment to providing support specific to each person to ensure each individual is living as independent a lifestyle as possible. 

2008 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

L'Arche Winnipeg

L'Arche Winnipeg began in 1973.  The L'Arche community has grown over the years, and today welcomes 28 people with a developmental disability who are living in 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 the houses, the apartments, and the office are in the east end of Winnipeg (Transcona) and are all within walking distance of each other.  The two other homes are closer to downtown Winnipeg (in Windsor Park and St. Boniface). 

Ronald McDonald House Winnipeg

Ronald McDonald House Winnipeg is a home away from home for out-of-town families whose children are undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening illnesses at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. The House is a warm, welcoming home away from home where parents can relax, prepare a hot meal and share their concerns with other parents in similar situations. Recovering children and their parents are never far away from each other and this brings comfort to everyone.

contact

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

 

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