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.


Jill Johnston
Director of Operations
Phone: 204.772.0405
Registered Charitable Number: 843054164RR0001


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