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.


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


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