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Extreme Weather Resources
A winter storm warning is in effect for Winnipeg, with blowing snow followed by very cold temperatures. If you venture outdoors in these conditions, please keep an eye out for others who may be at risk due to the cold. Know how to recognize and respond to signs of frostbite or hypothermia; and know how to access critical services like mobile outreach, shelters, safe spaces, drop-ins and meals.
Download a poster showing signs and responses for frostbite and hypothermia here.
Download, print and share the 2021-2022 Winter Resource Guide here.
Download a plain language safety tip sheet for winter here.
The Omicron surge has created staffing concerns for agencies across the sector, with some daytime mobile outreach teams and drop-in services having reduced hours. Calling ahead or checking with 211 may be advised. Two new pop-up warming spaces have opened for this cold snap, East of the Red: Elmwood – East Kildonan Active Living Centre has a daytime warming space at 180 Poplar, 9a-8p M-F; 12-4p Sa-Su until January 23, with free soup and coffee. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and people can call 204-669-0750 before coming to ensure capacity. St Boniface Street Links is operating an overnight warming space at Holy Cross, 252 Dubuc, from 8p-8a for the duration of extreme weather, with coffee, soup and a sandwich provided for up to 20 people at a time and no sleeping options. In addition to these, and the services listed on the Winter Resource Guide, Sscope is continuing to offer emergency overnight stays at 865 Main, 7p-8a daily.
New Board Chair
End Homelessness Winnpeg’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new Chair. Samantha Brown is an Ojibwe kwe from Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory in Ontario under Treaty 72, the Youth Hub Coordinator at Ka Ni Kanichihk, and has worked as the Housing Coordinator at Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. She also worked as a System Navigator for Macdonald Youth Services (now The Link). She has extensive experience doing presentations and advocacy, has learned and practiced Aboriginal traditional methods of healing ceremonies, and has completed Mental Health First Aid Certification, Customer Service Training, Accessible Customer Service Standard Training, WHMIS, First Aid CPR C and AED Certification, Child Sexual Abuse Training, and Trauma Awareness Training. Please join us in welcoming Samantha! For more information on End Homelessness Winnipeg’s Board of Directors, click here.
CEO named to CAEH Board
End Homelessness Winnipeg CEO Jason Whitford has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, which leads a national movement of individuals, organizations and communities working together to end homelessness in Canada. Jason joins four other new directors on the CAEH Board and is the only Manitoban on the Board, contributing local expertise to broader efforts for ending homelessness in Canada.
Miigwetch ~ Maarsii ~ Kinanâskomitin ~ Thank you!