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., Geneis 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.


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


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