November

30

2019

Good Will to All is the Greatest Gift

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   I dread this time of the year. It’s not that I don’t like the Christmas season. In fact, it’s one of my favourite holidays and gives me hope every year. It’s not the fact that the football season is […]

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November

30

2019

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October

28

2019

Entertaining Angels Unawares

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   It happened at 4 in the morning on a cold and rainy night last week. The wind was howling. We had just come back from walking through the downtown core with the Bear Clan. Along the way we had […]

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October

28

2019

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August

30

2019

Manitoba Rallies Around People

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   It’s been said Manitoba is the hardest place to get someone to move to — and also the hardest place for someone to leave. I believe it. While the prairies aren’t usually known for their majestic landscapes or cosmopolitan […]

August

30

2019

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August

01

2019

An Open Invitation

One of the most heartbreaking revelations of the final report on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry is the constant threat Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people have to live with. It’s clear that, no matter the setting or region in Canada, security is a key concern for the overwhelming majority of […]

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August

01

2019

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June

19

2019

Begin at the Beginning

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** How can we end homelessness in Winnipeg? It’s one of the most frequent questions I get asked. For a long time I didn’t have a clear answer. So I would reply by saying homelessness is a complex issue; that there […]

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June

19

2019

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March

20

2019

Calling All Villagers

By Jim Bell, CEO **This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press**   There’s an adage that says it takes a village to raise a child. Nowadays, it often gets misinterpreted. The proverb was never meant to say that the entire village is responsible for raising that child. It simply means that an entire […]

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March

20

2019

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January

30

2019

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

By Jim Bell CEO, Siloam Mission Every year, more people are coming to us for help. The numbers don’t lie – there is a very real homelessness crisis in Winnipeg. Most who end up at our door struggle with unimaginable trauma, leading to mental breakdown, unemployment, loss of health and the will to fight any […]

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January

30

2019

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January

21

2019

Let’s Talk About Winter

By Jim Bell, CEO – Siloam Mission Cold weather means trouble for those experiencing homelessness. Given that we’re in the thick of it right now, let’s talk about winter. Even though Siloam Mission’s year-round Clothing Room offers donated items such as coats, mitts, socks, and toques free of charge to those who need, we all […]

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January

21

2019

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January

16

2019

For everything there is a season

John White fondly remembers a childhood marked by a love of hockey, art and writing. “In Grade 7, I came in third in all of Canada in writing,” he says. “I used to get up and help the teacher teach writing.” But John’s story is also marked by things he was forced to leave behind, […]

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January

16

2019

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October

25

2018

Mental Health & Housing go hand-in-hand

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission In my neighbourhood there used to be an elderly lady who would walk the streets with a rickety cart she pulled behind her. We would spot her at almost all hours of the day, her cart overflowing with plastic garbage bags. She would fill them up with stuff she […]

October

25

2018

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