May

12

2020

‘Caremongering’ in the Midst of a Crisis

By Jim Bell, CEO Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   There’s no denying it. Many of us feel anxious and stressed about the coronavirus situation. Even though restrictions are slowly lifting, we know there is a long road ahead, and all of us will need to continue […]

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May

12

2020

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March

17

2020

A Letter to Our Community: COVID-19 Response

By Jim Bell, CEO 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 are coping […]

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March

17

2020

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March

01

2020

Being Homeless is Hard Work

By Jim Bell, CEO ** 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 me […]

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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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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

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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