The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ presented funds on Thursday to five social agencies who will benefit from fundraising related to the CEO Sleepout.
The annual event helped raise $173,773, which will be allocated between Graffiti Art Programming, Siloam Mission, Red Road Lodge, Artbeat Studio, and Macdonald Youth Services. The organizations will use the funds to connect those experiencing homelessness or those at risk of becoming homeless with adequate housing and employment.
“The downtown business community’s eyes are open to the issue of homelessness and their hearts are empathetic and eager to support our city’s marginalized,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “The private sector has a stake and responsibility to put an end to homelessness. We stand united ready to work with government and not-for-profits to further educate the business community and raise funds for housing and employment initiatives – strategic investments that provide tangible support and hope for the homeless.”
Since 2011, over $400,000 has been raised by the private sector, helping to employ over 30 people experiencing homelessness — with many of these individuals returning to school or finding permanent full-time work.