On October 19th, 2017 Winnipeg Inner City Missions celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Anishinabe Place of Hope (APOH), located in the Centennial/Logan North Neighborhood in Winnipeg, is a First Steps to Employment Project with transitional housing unit for single adults age 30-50 who are seriously focused on obtaining employment with a livable income. APOH provides a safe, supportive, drug and alcohol-free environment. Those accepted into the Project live in one of 19 bachelor suites for a period of 3-5 years while they pursue training/education that will give them better opportunities for employment.
In addition to the Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Margaret Mullin, there are two social workers who provide guidance and support to the residents. It has been demonstrated clearly that clean, safe and affordable housing in addition to being surrounded by professionals who can act as mentors, provides a winning combination for individuals, families and the community at large.
Helpful volunteers from Saint John’s Presbyterian Church, Westwood Presbyterian Church, Prairie Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Kildonan Community Church, Knox Presbyterian Church Selkirk, and all those who made donations & to those who took the time to come visit us today made our Anniversary a success.
WICM is a not-for-profit charitable organization committed to providing a healthy community for children, youth and families living in Winnipeg’s Inner City.
The North End of Winnipeg is a challenging environment for families trying to raise their children to stay out of the gangs and away from drugs, alcohol and negative influences. This is why our organization focuses on healing and reconciliation, poverty reduction, access to equal opportunities, striving towards excellent education standards and encouraging our children and youth towards higher learning and safe living.
We believe together we can heal and grow while creating a safe and healthy community for all.
The positive change in behaviour and confidence levels seen in the children and youth in our programs is one of the biggest motivational factors to insure these programs continue to exist. Brad Calder and Nicole Langlois run our Children’s Program (ages 6-10), Youth Program (ages 10-14) and the Summer Day Camp at Flora house. The programs are geared to encourage ongoing personal growth and to help develop skills in math, English, science, sports, the arts, nutrition, and computers.
Together Brad and Nicole play an important role in providing the neighborhood with a safe place where their children are steered away from crime, drugs and unfortunate situations that occur commonly in this neighborhood. Brad and Nicole are addictions and community service workers who help counsel and educate the children in making better decisions. They spend their time insuring the children follow the scheduled activities and develop their skills.
We would love to take these children to more outings so that they can experience a world outside of their own however a lack of funding has been a large barrier. One of the hopes Brad has for this program is to increase staffing to exceed the capacity of 12 children per program. He hopes that in the future Flora House can acquire funding to create a similar program for 15-17 year olds, so that the youth in the current program can continue to be guided towards a more fulfilling life at a age where outside influences are at their height.
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