WINNIPEG — Siloam Mission is making strides on a $19 million expansion that will see the homeless shelter add 50 new beds, a women’s only shelter area, and more mental health supports.
Donors to the Make Room Capital Campaign received a sneak peek of the work on Thursday.
“Today we celebrate progress as we mark one year since breaking ground on this important project,” said Siloam Mission CEO Jim Bell. “It will be a tremendous catalyst for hope, recovery and transition in the lives of people in our city who need it most. And it’s all because of you.”
The two-storey building will create 54,300 square feet total of new program space and will link Siloam’s existing shelter building at 300 Princess Street with the new 400-seat dining area and kitchen, at 303 Stanley Street, which opened in fall of 2017.
Space will also accommodate Siloam’s health services, mental health supports, transition services and volunteer resource areas.
With the help of both private and public donors, the campaign has already raised $17.1 million, with Siloam hoping to raise the remaining $1.9 million this year.
The campaign’s first big donation came from philanthropists Bonnie and John Buhler, who contributed $3 million. The shelter’s new building will be called the Buhler Centre in their honour and open in spring 2020.