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Winnipeg’s Homeless Prepped for Job Market

September 15, 2014 7:03 AM | News

Raising the Bar

Free haircuts are provided during the Raising the Bar event for Winnipeg’s homeless on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Raising the Bar

Jason Syvixay of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and local artist Kal Barteski, who created the This is My Story banner. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

About 300 people from Winnipeg’s homeless community gathered on Sunday to receive free services at the Raising the Bar event.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ hosted roughly a dozen businesses at the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg, who offered free haircuts, resume writing assistance, professional photographs and other services.

The homeless were also able to get a hot meal and learn about different job opportunities. In addition, comfort kits including toiletries, socks, mitts, and thermal underwear, were provided to attendees, while social services agencies also connected with the guests.

The event leads up to the BIZ’s CEO Sleepout fundraiser, taking place on Thursday at Portage and Main.

— Staff