December

21

2020

Having a home is a gift

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** I’ll be home for Christmas. And hopefully, so will you. That song is a favourite for many of us during the holidays. We all seem to love the cozy sentiment. But in a year where many of us […]

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December

21

2020

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November

24

2020

Waiting is sometimes the hardest part

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** You’ve probably heard of the long waiting list to get into addictions treatment programs in Manitoba. People who are desperate for help often have to wait weeks, if not months, to be admitted into a program. But did […]

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November

24

2020

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November

04

2020

Home is a feeling, not just a place

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** The small girl at the back of the room raised her hand. “When you say it that way, maybe I’m homeless too.” The room fell silent. When it was still safe to do so, Siloam Mission would often host […]

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November

04

2020

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September

28

2020

Working Toward a New Kind of Normal

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** Schools are back in session. Stores are open. Families and friends are enjoying each other’s company. And for many of us, our days are business as usual — with certain inconveniences like wearing a mask. On the surface, […]

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September

28

2020

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July

15

2020

Health is the Real Treasure

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** Would you rather be wealthy or healthy? One thing the coronavirus pandemic has made clear is that no earthly treasure can compare to having a clean bill of health. Most people with white collar jobs and sit very […]

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July

15

2020

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March

17

2020

A Letter to Our Community: COVID-19 Response

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission Dear Friend,I hope you and your family are safe. I hope you’re healthy. And I hope it stays that way for you.At this time of great concern for us all, please be assured that you remain in our prayers. I know that everyone’s inboxes are inundated with information about how organizations […]

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March

17

2020

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March

01

2020

Being Homeless is Hard Work

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** There are many assumptions about men and women facing homelessness. Perhaps the most common one is that they are too lazy to work. But what if I told you being homeless is actually a lot of work? Let […]

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March

01

2020

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January

28

2020

Cold Weather Freezes Body and Soul

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   With a deep freeze on our doorstep, many people are turning their attention to the needs of the homeless. At Siloam Mission we get dozens of calls per day from caring Manitobans wanting to know how the cold weather […]

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January

28

2020

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December

30

2019

A Paycheque Means So Much More Than Money

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   I’m often asked what’s the best way to end homelessness. The answer is complicated. But at the most basic level, we know that we can end homelessness in three steps. First, we need to help people deal with their […]

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December

30

2019

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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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