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Siloam Mission Opens New Podiatry Room

Siloam MissionSiloam Mission opened up its new podiatry room on Thursday to provide foot care services to those who use the homeless shelter.

The room is located in the Saul Sair Health Centre at 300 Princess Street and was opened through the help of generous donations.

Several devoted podiatrists and foot nurses volunteer their time and expertise to Siloam Mission clients every week. Canadian Footwear and the Foot Health Centre regularly provide footwear and custom orthotics for patient referrals.

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Siloam Mission Receives Large ‘Ginch’ Donation

GotGinch Underwear DriveA practical clothing donation arrived to Siloam Mission on Monday morning in the form of 5,000 pairs of underwear.

Got Ginch/Need Knickers and DeliverGood.org are on their sixth annual cross-country campaign to raise awareness about the basic need of underwear often being overlooked as a donated item to shelters.

The initiative provided 4,000 pairs of men’s underwear and 1,000 pairs of ladies garments to the Winnipeg homeless shelter.

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Pop-Up Sidewalk Store to Clothe City’s Homeless

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The 36th Street Store, hosted by the Winnipeg Free Style Group, is Saturday, October 4. (FACEBOOK)

Winnipeg’s homeless are being treated to a free shopping spree in the Exchange District as the cooler weather rolls around.

Called The Street Store — Winnipeg Free Style event, Old Market Square will house the free sidewalk shopping experience on Saturday, October 4.

Organizers have partnered with Siloam Mission to curate the store and will be accepting donations in advance of the event. See Street Store’s Facebook page for a list of drop-off locations.

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Siloam Mission’s ‘Summer of Hope’ Radiothon on Monday

By David Klassen

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)
Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

Siloam Mission will share stories of its clients, donors, staff and its many services during their 8th Annual Summer of Hope Radiothon on Monday.

Airing on 680 CJOB, the day-long radiothon is an opportunity for the homeless shelter to highlight itself to the community and bring in additional donations.

Siloam recently made headlines again after flash flooding infiltrated the basement of the Princess Avenue building for the second time in eight months. Donations that had been in storage were ruined, including food and clothing.

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Basement of Siloam Mission Floods After Storm

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Heavy rainfall left a soggy mess in the basement of Siloam Mission on Thursday, August 21, 2014. (TWITTER)
Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)
Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

For the second time in eight months, Siloam Mission’s basement has taken on water.

Following Thursday night’s torrential downpour, the Winnipeg homeless shelter says it received 26 inches of rain in its basement. Damage to mechanical systems in the boiler room was reported, while some food and clothing supplies were also lost, including winter wear.

“Storm drains were overwhelmed and water backed up into the basement,” said Dan Maxson, director of operations for Siloam Mission. “We are already preparing for winter so we need to get this cleaned up quickly.”

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‘Five Hole for Food’ Game in Winnipeg July 12

‘Five Hole for Food’ Game in Winnipeg July 12

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Five Hole for Food at The Forks in 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

An 18-day cross-Canada street hockey game will make its way to Winnipeg on Saturday, July 12.

Five Hole for Food is making its fifth anniversary road trip to tackle hunger. The tour will stop in 13 cities to play hockey for food. and cover more than 11,000 km, aiming to collect the equivalent of half-a-million pounds of food in support of Canadian food banks.

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Siloam Mission Reopens Basement After Flood

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Siloam Mission celebrates the reopening of its basement with Boeing Winnipeg on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (FACEBOOK)

Employees from Boeing Winnipeg stepped up to repair water damage caused to the basement of Siloam Mission last December.

A broken sprinkler head devastated the homeless shelter, which relies on community donations to serve the city’s less fortunate.

“We lost a lot food and supplies due to water damage. We also discovered that the way we were using our space needed to be significantly improved,” said Floyd Perras, Siloam Mission’s executive director. “We needed to move our food storage away from pipes to ensure we meet code and to protect the donations our community entrusts to us.”

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Siloam Mission to Begin Composting Through New Program

By Sarah Klein

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)
Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

Siloam Mission has partnered with Samborski Environmental to launch a composting program.

The Winnipeg homeless shelter has received five new composting bins to help the facility cut down on waste by up to 50 percent.

“We are so excited to have this chance to go green with our waste disposal,” said food services manager Chris Buffington. “Siloam is always seeking to extend its contribution to the community and this is an incredible partnership benefitting the whole neighbourhood.”

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Siloam Mission Expanding to Create 160 Housing Units

By Sarah Klein

Siloam MissionSiloam Mission plans to build 160 supportive housing units at its building on Princess Street.

The Winnipeg homeless shelter will formally announce the plans during a breakfast event on Tuesday at the RBC Convention Centre.

“Our supportive housing community, The Madison, in Wolesley, has been such an incredible success,” said Floyd Perras, Siloam Mission’s executive director. “We have provided homes for 85 people who had experienced homelessness in our city but the need is greater than the supply. We already have a long waiting list for The Madison. People need a place to live now. It’s time to move forward.”

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Siloam Mission Unhappy Over EIA Increase Delay

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)
Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

The province’s commitment to increase the employment and income assistance (EIA) shelter allowance has the approval of Siloam Mission, but the four-year phase in period doesn’t sit well with the Winnipeg homeless shelter.

The rate increases to 75 percent of the median market rent, but the speed of the increase does not address the urgency of the situation, says the shelter.

“We are seeing more and more people tapping into our services because they are unable to sustain basic needs on their current benefits,” said Floyd Perras, executive director of Siloam Mission. “The cost of living has far outpaced the rate, actual shelter costs are climbing, and more people are slipping into crisis, on the brink of homelessness.”

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