If we are going to get serious about ending homelessness in Winnipeg, we need to dramatically increase and refocus the available services. Looking forward, Siloam Mission’s focus is on helping people to heal their wounds and transition out of homelessness, so that they may enjoy the happy, fulfilling, and independent life that everyone deserves. This is why we launched the Make Room in Your Heart Capital Campaign – breaking ground The Buhler Centre, 54,000 square feet of new space for this much-needed care, advocacy, and support. Donate today to help us grow!
Make Room to End the Line
Make Room for a Place to Sleep
Make Room for Dignity
Make Room for Community
Make Room for Volunteers
Siloam Mission serves 400-600 meals three times a day to people in need. In the past year 503,253 meals were served, over a million cups of coffee poured, and 11,821 bag lunches provided.
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 food storage 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 up to 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, 2,501 visits were made to over 132 volunteer medical professionals in our Saul Sair Health Centre. In total there were 10,896 visits for medical attention.
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 into one community. When space in our dining room and drop-in was at a premium for the most basic service – providing meals – we found we had to move people out to allow more in, reducing the opportunities for building trust, hope, recovery, and transition.
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. We will have even more space to accommodate and grow our Building Futures employment readiness programming and computer lab when our expansion is complete.
The Problem (And it’s a great one to have!)
We are grateful for the support of 7,498 volunteers, who gave 76,745 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.