By Sarah Klein
Siloam Mission has set up a contingency plan to deal with the ongoing Canada Post strike and still receive their much-needed donations.
The Mission has partnered with the Credit Union Central of Manitoba and Manitoba credit unions to ensure donors can keep contributing without having their donations delayed in the mail.
Ninety percent of donations to the homeless shelter are received in the mail, with 85% of the Mission being privately funded.
The downtown homeless shelter is in the middle of a mail campaign called “Summer of Hope,” which secures Siloam’s funding for June, July and August. The campaign keeps all programs and services running smoothly.
If there was ever a right time for a postal strike to happen, it would be now, as this time of year is generally the slowest for the shelter.
“We often don’t think of the homeless at this time of year because it’s warm outside and people go on holidays, but unfortunately homelessness does not take a holiday,” said executive director Floyd Perras.
To see a list of participating credit unions where donations can be made, visit SiloamMission.com.
Cash donations can still be dropped off in-person at 300 Princess Street.