2012 Recipients of MREA Shelter Foundation Funding

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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