It’s –40˚C in Winnipeg in January. Two hours before the official start of the lunchtime drop-in at West Broadway Community Ministry, people are already sitting at the tables playing cards, talking, and enjoying the warmth. Many live in the surrounding rooming houses, and the drop-in, housed in Young United Church, is an important part of their daily routine. It’s their community.
“I would still be in my house on all kinds of medication,” says Kelly Ross, who now works at West Broadway, helping in the kitchen and supporting others who are walking a similar road. Kelly first came to West Broadway five years ago, and he is slowly turning his life around. Putting a stint in prison, drug addiction, and mental health issues behind him has not been easy, but with the support of West Broadway’s staff, most of whom are volunteers from local churches, he is moving into employment for the first time in two decades.
“I realized I wasn’t alone, that other people had the same problems, and that helped me so much,” Kelly says.
“We provide a safe space,” explains community minister Lynda Trono. “Without the Mission and Service Fund we couldn’t run this program, and people would continue to be isolated in their rooms and shelters without any real support.”
Thank you for your support of Mission and Service, which allows West Broadway to open its doors to the most marginalized people and give them a sense of love and hope. Please give generously.
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