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Building Stability

Director of Development

We've all heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. 

At Main Street Project, we believe it takes a village to build a community. 

This month I encourage you all to think about the alliances and partnerships that help you do your jobs and also help us deliver the best, most compassionate services to our clients. 

Is there an individual who makes your job easier? An organization that helps you help your clients get through their day? We all rely on partnerships with others to succeed in our efforts.

While you're thinking, have a read of this - our second newsletter of 2016 - and see right on your screen some of the relationships I'm talking about. 

We introduce you to our Community Resource Officer Kevin - whose hard work helps keep our neighbourhood safe - and and also shout out to some of the donors who allow us to continue delivering our incredibly important services and programs. We've also got some great photos of community groups who've taken it upon themselves to gather clothing and socks for our clients. 

For me, the best thing about these stories is that they're just a snapshot of the amazing partnerships that make our work possible. 

I look forward to continuing to work together - with you and those around us - to make a difference.

Rick Lees
Director of Development

Thank You to Our Donors

We would like to extend a great big thank you to:
  • Jordan Farber at Qualico Homes and Ryan Bell Coast Appliances who partnered to donate to us a new washer and dryer for our laundry facility
  • Aramark, which donated water for our clients
  • Willowlake Baptist Church
  • All-Saints Kinsman
  • Spirit of Change
  • Miles Macdonnell Youth in Philanthropy

We'd also like to thank the many community members who have donated to Main Street Project. 

We rely on the support of our community members, businesses and partners to offer our services and continue building stability.

Fore! Main Street Project On Par to Receive Proceeds of Golf Tourney

The Professional Property Managers Association has graciously selected Main Street Project as the recipient of proceeds from its 2016 Golf Tournament Fundraiser. 

The event is June 15.

Scenes of Generosity

Students from Churchill High School with the results of their recent clothing drive.

Staff at Bison Janitorial with the results of their recent sock drive.

On the Street

In this edition of On the Street we feature our Community Policing Officer Kevin. Kevin plays a big role in our services to the community and also supports our ongoing relationship with the Winnipeg Police Service.  

We did a Q and A to see what makes Kevin tick. 

Q: What is the most challenging thing about your job? 
Kevin: The most challenging thing is finding a solution to someone's problem. Sadly, it is not always possible, especially when one has certain rules to follow, and others don't.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Kevin: It is most rewarding when I can help make a positive difference, even small, in someone's life.

Q: What brought you to this job? 
Kevin: I've been doing this so long, I may have forgotten why I do it. I suspect it's an irresistible force, inertia, that propels me, like the old dog that still chases the car.

But I think I'm a people person and I do [this work] out of a belief that still burns within me that someone has to help people. And I am just one of the many who try.

Q: What do you think the people you work with need most? 
Kevin: The people I work with most need attention, of varying sorts. Someone to listen to them and to help guide them. [To] help them make the right decisions. If they have people they can believe in, it helps.

Q: Any last words to leave us with? 
Kevin: Life is like crossing a cow pasture at night.  Sometimes you're going to step in it, but with the help of a guide, you just might step in less.

The entire team at Main Street Project would like to thank Kevin for all of the hard work he does to support our community and the people who live, work and play here. It is thanks to people like Kevin that we are able to continue Building Stability in our community. 

We're Growing Community

Spring is here - and we're celebrating by launching a community garden program in partnership with the Bell Hotel.

Our hope is that by getting tenants of the hotel to participate in gardening we'll promote community involvement, nutrition and exercise and also help teach an essential life skill.

We're just awaiting a response to our request of Thunderbird House to house our garden on their property.  


Staff Notes

Please join us in celebrating a pair of long-serving Main Street Project staff:
  • Eugene Prigroski - 40 years
  • Todd Lawton - 28 years
Congrats, Eugene and Todd! 

Joan Dawkins Scholarship topic announced

We're pleased to announce to our staff the essay topic for the upcoming Joan Dawkins Scholarship. 

Employees currently in school can apply for the $500 award by submitting a two-page essay that describes how two of the topics listed below correlate to ech other and influence the work you do at Main Street Project: 

  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
  • Harm reduction
  • Residential schools and colonization

According to Joan, three primary themes have guided her career: equality and human rights, advocacy and social justice and leadership development. 

This scholarship will help one of our hard-working staff build their own career in these subject areas!


Applications close July 29.



Gifts to us from Gifts of Grace 

We'd like to offer our continued thanks to Gifts of Grace Street Mission for their continued gift to our clients - food, friendship, clothing and compassion! 

Gifts of Grace provides this service inside our shelter during the winter months and has now moved outside to serve the community members on Henry Avenue for the warmer months. 

They'll continue to bring pizza indoors every second Monday evening and hold Sunday Breakfast and a Movie monthly. 

Helping Create Body Peace

It's time for us to get zen about our bodies.

This week Main Street Project took a pledge along with other community organizations to maintain a "Body Peace Zone." Body Peace is about respecting all body types by fostering a non-judgmental environment where all shapes and sizes are welcome. 

While we always strive to reinforce body positivity we'll celebrate body diversity especially this week with an International No Diet Day potluck. 
Images provided by Jason Halstead.

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