The number of people facing homelessness in Canada has grown since the mid-90s and is now reported at 235,000 people in 2016(1) . It is a crisis that has not left Winnipeg untouched. The Winnipeg Street Census revealed that on the night of October 25, 2015, there were at least 1,400 people experiencing homelessness in our city(2)
Siloam Mission has been both a witness to this crisis, as well as a place of hope, where vulnerable people can find the help they need. They find it in the form of a hot meal, a warm jacket, access to health care, shelter for a night and the support they need to secure social services to transition to permanent housing, education, work and more.
But now, nearly three decades after the beginning of our mission, we are reaching the limits of our ability to help.
OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $19 MILLION.
1 The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 – Stephen Gaetz, Jess Donaldson, Tim Richter, & Tanya Gulliver
2 Winnipeg Street Census
WE NEED YOU TO HELP US MAKE ROOM.
We have an expansion plan to help change the lives of Winnipeggers who are experiencing homelessness and suffering trauma every day, right now.
Siloam Mission serves 400 to 600 meals, three times per day to people in need. The rise to 515,140 meals last year reflects a 24% increase from 2011 to 2017, with 2018 expected to see an increase as well. Approximately 350 people were left waiting outside at every meal. The line-ups didn’t stop, even when the mercury dropped to -30 C or rose to +30 C.
To increase dining capacity, from 150 seats to 400+. In October 2017, the first phase of our capital campaign was completed and we Made Room at the Table. Now, over 400 people can be in the dining room at one time. With the new expanded kitchen and dining room, no one has to wait outside for a meal to meet the ever-increasing demand. The expansion also allowed for increased cooler and freezer space.
With only 110 beds available in Hannah’s Place Emergency Shelter, we find ourselves redirecting 20–40 people every night to other resources. Currently, the women share the shelter with the men.
To add 50 more shelter beds, raising the capacity from 110 to 160, so no one is turned away. The expanded shelter will include a private area for women where they can feel safe.
Living on the streets makes it difficult to maintain personal hygiene and health, keep track of the few possessions one may have, and to consider pursuing education and employment. Last year, 3,645 visits were made to over 132 volunteer medical professionals in our Saul Sair Health Centre.
We will add showers, laundry facilities and expand the clothing room to accommodate more visitors in the Donation and Hygiene Centre; expand the Saul Sair Health Centre to include recovery beds for short-term rest and observation; add a Mental Health Area to provide services to people in need; add barber facilities for personal hygiene and employment readiness.
Our service delivery model is based on relationship-building by bringing staff, volunteers, donors, and those experiencing homelessness together in one community. Now, with space at a premium for the most basic service, providing meals, we find we have to move people out to allow more in – reducing the opportunities for building trust.
With the recent expansion of our dining room/ drop-in, we now have the space to accommodate more transition programs, services, case managers, and volunteers, as well as a designated space to host more practicum students who are able to use their education in service of our visitors and clients.
THE PROBLEM (And it’s a great one to have!)
We are grateful for the support of 8,054 volunteers, who gave 86,869 hours of volunteer service to Siloam Mission last year but volunteer space is limited.
To create a larger reception area, volunteer lockers, check-in area and program rooms to accommodate our many volunteers, including youth and family groups and school tours. This will enable more volunteers to offer their services and connect with our community every day.
SILOAM MISSION IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Since 1987, Siloam Mission has become an essential service for those experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg. Operating 24/7 with shelter, meals, clothing, health services, transition services, employment training, supportive housing and recreational activities, Siloam Mission is a full service organization for those in need.
515,140 MEALS SERVED AN AVERAGE OF 470 GUESTS PER MEAL
CALLED THE MADISON HOME LAST YEAR (INCLUDING 10 INDIGENOUS YOUNG ADULTS WHO HAVE LEFT THE CARE OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES)
199 ENROLLED IN TRANSITION SERVICES WITH 432 NEW CLIENT APPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT
TRANSITIONED INTO HOUSING
ENROLLED IN MISSION OFF THE STREET TRAINING (M.O.S.T.) PROGRAM
11,669 VISITS TO OUR HEALTH CENTRE. INCLUDING 3,645 APPOINTMENTS WITH VOLUNTEER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
CLOTHING ROOM VISITS
431 PEOPLE (309 MEN and 122 WOMEN) STAYED IN OUR SHELTER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
8,054 INDIVIDUALS AND 522 GROUPS VOLUNTEERED
TAKE OUR TOUR.
Siloam Mission has embarked on the MAKE ROOM Capital Campaign in response to the growing number of Winnipeggers experiencing poverty and homelessness. With your help, we will construct the Buhler Centre, a two-storey building that will link our current facility at 300 Princess Street with our newly renovated dining room at 303 Stanley Street, adding 54,000 square feet for programs and services!
Help us End Homelessness
A Message from Jim Bell, CEO
When I came to Siloam Mission a year ago, I was amazed by the passion of the staff, volunteers and donors like you to improve the lives of our city’s most vulnerable. Today, we need your help more than ever to make homelessness a thing of the past.
Not only is it possible, but we also have the responsibility to do so and I know you feel the same way. Because of you we’ve been able to do so much over the past 30 years. And because of you we now have an opportunity to do so much more. Each night, more than 100 men and women will come to our emergency shelter, hoping for a bed to spend the night. Once our 110 beds fill up, we will have to refer people elsewhere. This is unacceptable. We need to do more.
Each day, our health centre sees patients that need more care and rest than our dedicated team is able to provide with our current resources and facility. And our transition services workers will meet with people who struggle with physical and cognitive disabilities, mental illness and other barriers to progress and success. They’re working with 200 clients at any given time, while more than 400 are on a waiting list.
While there is so much to celebrate, especially the many changed lives because of your help, the demand for our services is greater than we can currently meet. That’s why Siloam Mission is launching our MAKE ROOM Capital Campaign to drastically increase our services and decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness in our city. It’s time to MAKE ROOM!
It’s time that every man and woman in our city has the chance to find a safe place for the night. To get the help they need to overcome addictions. To get a job and a place of their own. To access life-saving healthcare and mental health services. But we can only do it with your help.
If you have any questions about the expansion or the campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to give you a tour of Siloam Mission and show you the progress we’re making on the expansion. I want to thank you for continually pushing us to do better and serve our community better.
OUR GOAL IS TO
RAISE $19 MILLION
Homelessness is a growing crisis in our community. We need to grow to meet the needs of this vulnerable population. The problems faced by people experiencing homelessness are not going away. They need our help – and yours.
Your special gift today will help construct an expanded emergency shelter, health centre, and progressive services centre to help people transition back into homes and jobs.
HELP US MAKE ROOM. PLEASE GIVE TODAY.
Select the amount of “hope” you would like to donate for a person’s shelter and care.
Day of Shelter and Care
Days of Shelter and Care
Days of Shelter and Care
Days of Shelter and Care
Days of Shelter and Care
Donations of $5,000+ will receive recognition in the respective categories on our main donor wall in the new reception area of our new building.
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CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dr. Riley Coulter
Albert El Tassi, Honourary Chair