Willow Place Winter 2024 E-News
HEALTH SUPPORTS IN SHELTER – Valued community partnerships
Some of our valued community partnerships include Manitoba Public Health, who provides visits by a public health nurse bi-weekly. On alternate weeks, Women’s Health Clinic provides doctor visits. The public health nurse helps staff and program participants keep up to date with vaccinations, and provides personal consultations for program participants. Sometimes, the nurse will offer group presentations on relevant topics as well. Having a physician on-site from Women’s Health Clinic is great for women who may not have a family physician, or for whom outings are currently unsafe.
Willow Place is grateful for these invaluable on-site services for our shelter program, which are supportive of our low-barrier approach to serving diverse violence prevention needs in Manitoba.
SOUP SISTERS – In-person soup-making
This January, Willow Place benefitted from an in-person soup-making event by Soup Sisters Winnipeg. This fantastic support is the second event since the onset of the COVID pandemic. Local Soup Sisters, Harriet, Sandi and Miriam, have one again established sponsorship from The Fairmont Hotel to provide banquet and professional kitchen space, as well as staffing. Community members can buy event tickets which include appetizers, participating in soup-making, a light supper, and information on Willow Place services. Ticket sales provide funds to purchase soup ingredients, and the Fairmont staff help with preparing ingredients, supervising the soup-making, and serving guests appetizers and the meal. The event is typically hosted on a Sunday evening, and begins with appetizers and a glass of wine, followed by brief presentations by Willow Place, Soup Sisters and the Fairmont. Guest are then divided into teams to make five kinds of delicious and nutritious soup in the Fairmont’s professional kitchens. While the soup simmers, guests return to the reception/dining area to enjoy soup, salad, bread and coffee or tea. The final step is to return to the kitchen to package and label the soup. A fun group photo with all of the soup finishes off the evening! Winnipeg Soup Sisters deliver the soup to the shelter a day or two later. The soup-making events are a great way for families, friends or work groups to connect and socialize while helping those in need.
ATTEND: Are you interested in attending a soup-making event? For information on the next date and to book tickets, contact:[email protected]
DONATE: CLICK HERE!Donations fund the 50% Soup Program which Willow Place participates in when in-person soup-making is not available – thank you!
KIN KAR RAFFLE – Car raffle and 50-50 tickets on sale now!
Willow Place is grateful to be a beneficiary of Winnipeg Kinsman’s 2024 Kin Kar Raffle. Tickets include the car raffle and also a 50-50 ticket option. When purchasers use Willow Place’s dedicated link to buy either car or 50-50 tickets online, Willow Place will receive a portion of those proceeds.
Please support Kinsmen and help Manitoba charities – we hope you will help us share the word by either purchasing o forwarding our Kin Kar link: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
STAFF FEATURE– Community Coordinator, Pam Hadder
|How long have you been in your current role?
I started with Willow Place about 5 years ago – I had been serving as Executive Director for another violence prevention shelter. When that contract ended, I took a break to obtain my Expressive Art Therapy diploma, and Willow Place was one of my practicum sites. I accepted a term position, and then was offered a permanent position as Community Coordinator/Supervisor.
How would you describe your role in three words?
Community, connection; sustainability.
What skills and experience to you bring to Willow Place?
I have a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, an Expressive Art Therapy diploma, and have completed a university-level certificate program in business marketing. My work background includes professional sales, staffing and recruitment; non-profit management, advertising and marketing; and small business management. My experience managing diverse professional and volunteer teams, developing and implementing business strategies; creating and managing budgets; project management, event planning and management; and creating unique and effective marketing solutions, has helped me to be effective in my current role. I also have over 20 years’ non-profit experience as a volunteer and staff member, including program development, fundraising, grant-writing, marketing strategy, strategic planning, and both staff and volunteer training. I am committed to ongoing personal development and continually challenge myself to further develop skills and expand my knowledge and capacity.
What are the most challenging aspects of your work?
The community team is the smallest team at Willow Place but there are some big shoes to fill! Responsibilities include grant writing, fundraising, donation, marketing-communications, volunteer programs, community relationships, as well as public education. All of these activities are vital to the sustainability of Willow Place, including filling funding gaps and helping to provide daily participant and program needs for our shelter program. I have to manage my time and energies carefully, ensuring I fulfill the most pressing priorities and meet goals as defined in our operations plan and strategic plan. I routinely assess my work to make certain it aligns with our mission, vision and goals as well. To ensure continued success, I must also set healthy work-life boundaries, reach out to my team when needed, and delegate tasks where possible; including use of volunteer resources.
What motivates you in your role?
I have been fortunate to have parents who were very community-minded and generous, with a strong work ethic. I am motivated by helping others, my natural curiosity, and an interest in learning. I believe everyone should experience fulfilment in their work. Thankfully, I have worked with inspirational, effective leaders and mentors, who offered encouragement and provided valuable opportunities. I have also experienced employment situations where I was subjected to unhealthy personal dynamics – from this I learned what NOT to do, and it also heightens my appreciation for my current workplace. I also recognize that by overcoming adversity I have bolstered my resilience, and in my current role, I enjoy “paying it forward.”
Do you have people who inspire you?
I am inspired by humble, non-judgmental and hard-working people who seek to make this world a better place. I value honesty, integrity, accountability and earnest interactions. Rather than looking to celebrities, the people who inspire me are everyday people I meet, including Willow Place program participants – I see beauty in their bravery and strength.
Do you have a favorite quote or song?
I love all genres of music, but Willy Porter’s rendition of “Digging in the Dirt,” by Peter Gabriel comes to mind. I had the pleasure of hearing Willy in-person at a song-writing retreat. One favourite quote is from Pablo Picasso: “I am always doing things I cannot do, that is how I come to do them!”
LISTEN – Willy Porter, “Digging in the Dirt” CLICK HERE!
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN – Vision of new facility on the horizon
Willow Place has outgrown its current facility and is in the process of launching a capital campaign for a new building. Our board of directors has created a committee for the campaign, and will be supporting Willow Place leadership to hire a dedicated fundraiser or fundraising team. Our new vision will include expanded crisis support services with more shelter beds, more program space, and the potential for transitional or second-stage housing on-site.
We will share more details in the months ahead, as this exciting new journey unfolds.
Please direct inquiries to our general mail box:[email protected]
|CRISIS SUPPORTS OVERVIEW – How to access Willow Place services
Most of our resources are directed to 24-hour violence prevention services, including crisis support phone, text and chat lines, and our violence prevention shelter program. Willow Place is funded in part by WAGE Manitoba (Women and Gender Equality), and is part of a provincial violence-prevention network. All members are independent charities, but they work together to serve Manitobans in need of violence prevention services. For example, agencies providing shelter share vacancy information each morning – this makes it much more efficient to redirect callers, if our shelter is full. Manitoba shelters are also part of a provincial association, The Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS), and they share best practices, develop training supports, leverage their combined voices and much more.
Although the majority of those we help through Willow Place crisis support services are women and children, it is important to know that any person, any gender with questions or seeking support can contact us 24-hours, every day of the year. Willow Place also provides intake and access to shelter for males and male-identifying individuals, but they are sheltered at another location. All Willow Place services are no-cost and confidential, and for those who don’t need shelter but need counselling support, our outreach services may be a good fit! Outreach services are offered through our shelter, our outreach office, and at two partner sites in Winnipeg’s core area: Access Public Health and Salvation Army SonRise Village. To ask questions for yourself, for a client, or for a friend or family member, or to find out about entering the shelter program, contact Willow Place using the following:
Toll-free Manitoba: 1-877-977-0007
This number directs callers to the closest resource in their region, if calling in Winnipeg, Willow Place is one of the options to choose from Willow Place, local direct number: 204-615-0311 (Winnipeg) Text-only line: 204-813-8887
IMPORTANT! Safe transportation is available to bring individuals to shelter!
What happens in our shelter program?
Our shelter program is a first stage violence prevention shelter program that provides short-term protective shelter. Average stay is about 2 weeks, but stays can be renewed every 60 days – each situation is unique and is assessed individually. Three meals and two scheduled snacks are provided daily, and there is a self-serve area for toast, tea and coffee 24-hours. Laundry and bathing facilities are on-site. We have some larger rooms for families, and individual rooms; sometimes women may share a room with a room-mate. Our capacity is 38 people. While in shelter, participants can access trauma-informed counseling and are able to access support from our dedicated housing specialist and children’s specialist.
We also have a full-time teacher and classroom for grades K-8. Shelter staff includes two clinicians, a facility and support supervisor, counselors and support workers. Support workers help with practical needs for our shelter guests, and fulfill an invaluable role. Both support workers and counselors provide groups for women and children – these are a mix of therapeutic, violence-prevention informative sessions and recreational or occasion-themed activities. We also have community partners, contract support individuals, as well as volunteers that provide wellness, cultural, recreational and practical information groups for the shelter program.
What happens after leaving shelter?
Individual needs vary, but our follow up program is offered to all shelter participants when they are preparing to depart. Follow up includes supportive counseling and can be provided in-person, virtually or by phone, depending on the best approach for the participant.
Returning to shelter
It is very common for individuals to access crisis support services (including a shelter stay) several times before successfully breaking the cycle of violence in their lives. Where there are situations of inter-generational neglect, abuse and violence, it can be particularly difficult for individuals to extricate themselves from violent relationships, as unhealthy behaviours are normalized. There is no limit on how many times individuals can access Willow Place or other violence prevention shelter in Manitoba.
DONATION SUBSCRIPTION – United efforts sustain vital supports
What can you buy with $10, with $20? Ten dollars might purchase coffee and a snack, and twenty dollars can provide a month of streaming services like Netflix. But what if 500 people gave up just one coffee and treat a month, or one $20 indulgence a month and diverted it to a Canada Helps donation subscription for Willow Place? 500 x $10 = $5,000, and 500 x $20 = $10,000! Achieving a goal like this would fulfill many fundraising needs for our organization, and allow us to provide valuable in-shelter supports like wellness and cultural activities!
Please consider a monthly donation subscription – what might seem like a small amount can make a significant impact for our crisis supports! Every dollar makes a positive impact.
For information and to donate: CLICK HERE!
Those with questions are welcome to contact Community Coordinator/Supervisor, Pam Hadder:
Phone: 204-615-0313, ext. 237 (weekdays, daytime hours)
Email: [email protected]