About 500 people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of facing homelessness found dignity-enhancing services, support, generosity and resources from almost 30 service providers and 100 volunteers at Neeginan Centre on Saturday.
Almost 30 service providers offered supports on Saturday to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
The event, named Gizhe Waa Ti-Sii-Win (Ojibway for working with love, kindness and generosity for others), was organized by End Homelessness Winnipeg. End Homelessness is a United Way donor-supported agency partner with a mandate and a plan to end homelessness in Winnipeg by 2025.
“We need to move from managing homelessness to ending homelessness by working collaboratively,” Lucille Bruce, CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg, said.
Manitoba Housing was present to help connect people with housing resources.
Lucille said the day was about much more than just providing important services to people – which included foot care, haircuts, banking options, securing ID, navigating government agencies and benefit access, health services, job search help, tax return preparation and housing advice.
Volunteers shared dignity and well-being through foot care.
The real value is the connections and relationships created, Lucille said, which will allow End Homelessness Winnipeg, and agencies it collaborates with, to create pathways out of homelessness for people.
A guest shares his thoughts with End Homelessness Winnipeg – creating a connection strengthening the path to ending homelessness.