Right now, Winnipeg's homeless need our help more than ever before. While life as we know it has changed drastically, the fight continues for our community’s most vulnerable and the frontline workers that serve them.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our partner beneficiaries in Winnipeg have faced a number of increasing costs including additional staffing to help support the shelters high volume of guests, sanitation costs due to the increased scope and frequency of cleaning, personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep their front-line staff protected and vulnerable residents safe and higher food supply costs as a result of more and more Canadians utilizing the system.
At Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH), we leverage Canada’s affinity for hockey to raise awareness and financial support for the homeless through education, fundraising, and by partnering with solutions-based local homeless support agencies. We believe that every Canadian should have a safe place to call home and the supports that they need to thrive. To ensure all homeless and at-risk Canadians have a fighting chance, we host Pro-Am and Collegiate hockey tournaments across Canada where players raise funds to make a direct impact in their own community.
Brothers of the Fork are a bunch of local, philanthropic Winnipeg cyclist do-gooders who have been doing street outreach on the down low since 2011. BOTF is a motivated group of cyclists who have come together to help the fight against homelessness.
Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) is a non-profit agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY offers several programs and services aimed at helping youth get the supports they need and gain critical life skills including housing, drop-in meals, street outreach, work placements and more.
Willow Place is Manitoba’s largest family violence shelter, serving over 800 women and children on average annually. Willow Place provides a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter to women and children leaving violent family situations in Winnipeg. The organization also offers individual and group counselling as well as outreach and prevention services at no cost to the individuals that it serves.
Located in the heart of Winnipeg’s homeless community, the Red Road Lodge provides dry, safe, transitional housing to individuals affected by homelessness in the Winnipeg community. Many of the individuals that it serves are suffering from addictions, substance abuse and mental health issues, which is why Red Road Lodge also provides critical Life Skills and Employment Programs that support the recovery and long-term success of the people that it serves.
Bear Clan Patrol came about as a result of the ongoing need to assume the traditional responsibility to provide security to the Aboriginal community. The concept behind the patrol is community people working with the community to provide personal security in the inner city in a non-threatening, non-violent and supportive way.