Today as I woke up at 5:30 am to let the dogs out for their morning ritual, I sat in the living room waiting for them to finish their business. While sitting in the silence, I took a moment to reflect on how fortunate I am to have the warmth of a home and the comforts that I live with every day.
In Winnipeg there are an estimated 1,727 homeless individuals. Our extreme temperatures in the winter, put an added strain on the many organizations that support our homeless population to keep them safe. In Manitoba, especially in the winter the truth of homelessness can be somewhat invisible, as these individuals seek refuge from the cold.
On Siloam Mission’s Website, they explain homelessness in 3 terms;
Homeless persons are defined as people “sleeping rough” or using public or private shelters. People sleeping rough, which means in the street, in public places are those forming the core population of the “homeless”. Those sleeping in shelters or other institutions are considered part of this population.
Another, not obvious side of the problem is “concealed homelessness.” Under this category fall all people living with family members or friends because they cannot afford shelter themselves. Without this privately offered housing opportunity, they would be living in the street or be sheltered by an institution. The extent of this phenomenon is extremely difficult to calculate.
At Risk of Homelessness
In addition to absolute and concealed homelessness, some people are at risk of losing their housing and can be categorized as people at “risk of homelessness.”
Please consider making a donation of food, cash, or clothing to any of the many organizations that help our homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
Agape Table lists the following as the top 10 items they require;
Top 10 List
Donations are always welcome! Everything helps of set costs! Thank you! No gift is too big or small everything is helpful!
- Hats, Mitts, and Scarves
- Coffee or Tea
- Creamer or Sugar
- Peanut Butter
- Vegetables for soup (fresh or frozen)
- Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Soap (toiletries)
- Feminine hygiene products
Last year R and I donated 8 Winter jackets and I can’t even remember how many scarves etc to Agape Table. This year I will be going through my winter wear once again to make some more donations as well as volunteering.
If you are unable to make donations, you can always donate your time.
The following is a list of local organizations that provide supports to the homeless and those at risk.
Indian and Metis Friendship Centre Food bank
Plus several churches, the United Way and Salvation Army
2. Today I am grateful for the warmth of a home and the comforts I live with every day.
What are you grateful for?