A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness.
A Short History of Changing Lives
Since 1987, Siloam Mission has provided meals, clothing, and hope services to Winnipeg’s poor and homeless community.
In August 1987, Suk Woon Lee, a former penitentiary inmate and member of the Korean Nazarene congregation, founded Siloam Mission and worked with board members and volunteers to establish an inner city ministry that offered meals and counseling services. In 1990, as demand for services grew, Siloam purchased the building at 707 Main Street.
Siloam was forced to close its doors when the City of Winnipeg expropriated the soup kitchen’s Main Street property before the 1999 Pan Am Games to make way for Neeginan Park. Siloam reopened as a drop-in centre at 564 ½ Main Street in April 2000. By December, the Mission had run out of funds for paid staff, but dedicated volunteers kept the doors open five days a week to offer hot meals, coffee, and clothing.
In 2005, Siloam moved from Main Street into the newly renovated four-storey facility at 300 Princess Street, continuing the meal and clothing program. In 2006 Siloam started its employment training programs to help people re-enter the workforce.
Hannah’s Place Emergency Shelter on Siloam’s second floor opened its doors to 110 homeless men and women, providing a safe place for the night. The on-site Saul Sair Health Centre opened and the Longtin Resource Centre was dedicated to provide art therapy and computer training.
In April 2011 Siloam purchased The Madison with the help of all three levels of government and began renovating it into supportive housing for shelter guests ready to move forward. Siloam Mission has a vision to create 500 homes and 500 jobs in the next five years.