WINNIPEG — Backhoes are in the ground to make room for Siloam Mission‘s expanded two-storey shelter.
The $19 million capital campaign, Make Room In Your Heart, will eventually lead to more of Winnipeg’s homeless population be reintegrated into housing.
The 54,300-square-foot space will include 50 new overnight shelter beds, including 33 dedicated beds for women.
“Every year more men and women come to us for help, and we have reached the limits of our ability to help with our current resources,” said Jim Bell, CEO of Siloam Mission.
“This expansion will allow us to meet the pressing need in our city and better help vulnerable people recover and reintegrate – which is the help so many need today.”
The space — called the Buhler Centre after a $3 million donation from Bonnie and John Buhler — will also accommodate Siloam Mission to provide additional health services, mental health supports and volunteer resource areas.
The expanded shelter will link Siloam’s existing building at 300 Princess Street with the new 400-seat dining area at 303 Stanley Ave.
The support of all three levels of government, local foundations, philanthropists and other donors have already committed $14.2 million towards the campaign.