Featured WILLOW PLACE NEWS – October 2021
In this issue:
Royal LePage Support
Hockey Helps the Homeless
Summer Day Camp
Simons – My Heart My Cause
Winnipeg Foundation Grant
How YOU Can Help
Royal LePage Support – Purcell Mountain Challenge
Royal LePage agents have shown incredible enthusiasm and ongoing support for Willow Place services, with a variety of fundraising and donation initiatives. This August, two Winnipeg real estate agents, Alix McIntyre and Chris Pennycook, participated in the Purcell Mountain hiking challenge in British Columbia. Each participant had to raise a minimum amount to qualify. Together, Alix and Chris have raised over $100,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, of which proceeds with be distributed to beneficiaries including Willow Place. HUGE thanks from all of us a Willow Place!
Hockey Helps the Homeless – Cycling Fundraiser and 2nd Annual Hockey Event
Hope is on the horizon! For the third consecutive year, Willow Place is grateful to be one of three Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) beneficiaries. This summer, Brothers of the Fork, a Winnipeg cycling club, collaborated to raise over $40,000.00 (September 11, 2021). Willow Place receives one third of the proceeds, which are shared with Resource Assistance for Youth (rAy) and Red Road Lodge. In addition, plans are in full-swing for the 2nd Annual Hockey Helps the Homeless dream tournament where players get an opportunity to skate alongside their hockey heroes. Mark your calendars for December 3, 2021. Team sponsorships still available!
For player, volunteer and sponsor info: CLICK HERE
Summer Day Camp – Canada Summer Job Grant
Thanks to granted funds from Canada Summer Jobs, Service Canada, Willow Place was able to hire two university students from June through August, 2021 to support our Summer Day Camp activities for children in shelter. Thank you to Megan and Jasmine for their dedication, organization, flexibility and enthusiasm which resulted in a wide range of activities and supports for our young residents and their families. Aside from providing regular programming and outings, Megan and Jasmine also supported administrative tasks and provided childminding nd meal-time support.
Simons – My Heart My Cause – National T-Shirt Campaign
In August, 2021, Quebec-based retail chain, Simons, launched their My Heart My Cause t-shirt campaign. Artists and designers from across Canada participate and nominate charities in their region. This year, Willow Place was nominated by Winnipeg design duo, The Ba.sic. You may be familiar with The Ba.sic from local venues such as Third and Bird and Scattered Seeds. If all of the limited edition t-shirts are sold, Willow Place will receive a $10,000 donation. The white t-shirt with a bold, abstract graphic is the featured Willow Place design – please share and support if you are able, thank you.
For info and to purchase: CLICK HERE!
Winnipeg Foundation Grant – Stabilization Funding
This July, Willow Place was grateful to receive stabilization grant funds through The Winnipeg Foundation. The $50,000 received will sustain community outreach and housing support programs offered by Willow Place, including partnerships with Caring Dads, Access Health, The Salvation Army and Wahbung Abinoonjiag. These funds are helping Willow Place with earlier intervention strategies and expanded support for diverse family violence prevention needs in the community.
How YOU can help! – Donations, Fundraising, Awareness-Raising
With 38 beds, Willow Place operates the largest and most-utilized family violence prevention shelter services in Manitoba. In a typical year, we support 850-950 individuals in the shelter program, providing more than 9,000 shelter stays. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for our services, and has resulted in increased costs. As such, monetary and in-kind donations are especially important to sustain services on a 24-hour, no-cost basis. Please contact Renée or Pam for more information on either in-kind of monetary support or to inquire about a donation drop-off appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Monetary donations including cheques and bank drafts can be made out to “Willow Place” and mailed to P.O. Box 1786, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2Z9. Monetary gifts can also be provided safely and securely online using Canada Helps: CLICK HERE!
In-kind donations are non-monetary gifts such as cleaning and craft supplies, and toiletries. Not all donations can be accepted at all times due to space and staffing limitations. Staff may recommend other organizations we collaborate with to help our clientele. All in-kind donations must be pre-approved and dropped off by appointment. Drop-offs are on a no-contact basis in keeping with coronavirus health precautions. A up-to-date “wish list” can be found on our web site: CLICK HERE!
Fundraising: the majority of Willow Place fundraising is third-party fundraising where individuals or groups organize events to benefit our services. Some examples are donation drives, product sales, performances and birthday celebrations. These events not only provide much needed monetary and in-kind support, they also encourage discussion about family violence prevention, and why organizations like Willow Place are important in our community.
** Third party fundraising forms and info can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org **
Copyright © 2021 Willow Place Inc.
All rights reserved.
Our mailing address:
P.O. Box 1786, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3C 2Z9
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The Winnipeg Humane Society
Thank you Willow Place support and SafePet foster parent, Pam Rempel, for providing her valuable insight on the Winnipeg Human Society’s SafePet Program!
“Winnipeg Human Society staff pair SafePet foster animals with experienced foster homes, providing safe, confidential, comfortable accommodations for pets while individuals or families are supported by Willow Place’s family violence prevention shelter programs and services. As a SafePet foster parent, I can say that we take care of a SafePet foster animal like they are one of our own family members.” ~ Pam RempelWhen a pet arrives at the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) to be cared for through the SafePet Program, there are a few things that happen:
1) Foster parent, who are WHS volunteers (screened, trained, with background checks), receive information on available foster animals and basic information: species, size, needs, medications, etc. No photos are included, but behavioural information is provided to help foster parents know if they are best-suited for the animal. Foster parents know the animal will not be up for adoption and that no photos, social media posts, or other web activity is permitted to protect the owner and pet identities.
2) When a volunteer feels they are a good match, the WHS Foster Department is contacted. Dedicated WHS staff discuss the SafePet’s needs with potential foster parents, while maintaining owner confidentiality and anonymity. WHS confirms suitability of foster home, and ensures that the foster home is not located in the same area where owner has lived – this prevents run-ins while walking dogs, etc.
3) Once approved, the assigned foster family brings the SafePet home. The animal is given the care, support and attention that matches their needs.
4) The WHS behaviour department is available to foster volunteers should there be a need for advice. Foster parents can also be matched with a mentor for questions and advice.
5) When the SafePet is able to return to their owner, the foster volunteers bring the animal to the WHS where a summary of their foster stay is recorded (Foster Pet Profile). The Profile highlights success and opportunities for support that may have occurred during the foster stay.”It is an honour to be entrusted with a pet while new housing is established. Having a plan for beloved pets is so important, and I’m proud to be part of the SafePet Program.” ~ Pam Rempel
Royal LePage Purcell Trek
Winnipeg Real Estate Agent supports Willow Place
Willow Place has been fortunate to have ongoing support form Royal LePage real estate agents through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s national initiatives. Not only do these hard-working individuals help Willow Place sustain 24-hour family violence prevention services in Manitoba, they also raise awareness through on-going fundraising efforts.
In August, 2021, Winnipeg Royal LePage real estate agent, ALIX MCINTYRE, will be off-the-grid on a 6-day hike through the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, participating in the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s Challenge for Shelter fundraising trek. Alix must fundraise a minimum of $5,000 to participate, and has identified a $10,000 fundraising goal.For more info and to support Alix McIntyre:https://royallepage.myetap.org/fundraiser/purcell/individual.do?participationRef=1185.0.2325457503
Hockey Helps the Homeless
Virtual fundraiser a success!
2020-2021 presented unique challenges for the annual Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) fundraising efforts. In 2019-2020, Willow Place was a beneficiary of HHTH’s inaugural dream tournament in Winnipeg, where amateur players enjoyed the opportunity paly in a dream tournament where teams are captained by hockey pros. The hockey heroes donated their time for this spectacular event. The coronavirus pandemic made in-person play and spectator participation impossible last year, and resulted in HHTH National and title sponsor, Canada Life, devising a virtual fundraiser called THE CANADA LIFE CUP. The new format allowed anyone to form a “team” and participate in fundraising activities. The Winnipeg event committee also re-grouped and hosted a 50-50 draw, as well as an online prize auction. Thanks to the generosity of community members, businesses and clubs, over $5,000 was raised through the online auction. Special thanks to Qualico Homes for their very generous donations of décor and furnishing items for the online auction. In total, The Canada Life Cup raised over $90,000 and proceeds will be shared equally between Willow Place and two other beneficiaries: Red Road Lodge and Resource Assistance for Youth.
NCJWC Grant expands shelter programming
In April 2021, Willow Place received granted funds ($3,000) from the National Council of Jewish Women Canada (NCJWC). Winnipeg Section, to augment trauma-informed yoga services in the family violence prevention shelter program. Trauma-informed yoga is a gentle, inclusive practice that is structured for “every body,” using an adaptive approach that provides choice and suggestions versus instructions to participants. Yoga is available for all shelter residents including adults and children. The trauma-informed yoga program leader, Richelle, is currently developing pose charts for the shelter so that women can practice yoga when she is off-site. Trauma-informed yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety; help with mood regulation, improve sleep and self-esteem, along with physical fitness benefits.
Did you know that monetary donations can be designated for a particular program area or service?
Some options include: trauma-informed yoga, cultural services, children’s services, outreach services, food security, and COVID-19 health and safety.
For more information on donations and fundraising opportunities:
email@example.com or 204-615-0313, ext. 237
How YOU can Help
In-kind and monetary donations
Willow Place operates Manitoba’s largest and most-utilized family violence prevention shelter services. In a typical year, over 900 women and children will access the shelter, translating into more than 9,000 shelter stays. The coronavirus has further highlighted the need for family violence shelter supports, and has resulted in increased operational costs. As such, monetary and in-kind supports are especially important to sustain Willow Place’s 24-hour, no-cost services.
Cheques and bank drafts can be made out to “Willow Place” and mailed to:
P.O. Box 1786, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2Z9
Monetary gifts can also be given online, safely and securely using Canada Helps:
In-kind donations include non-monetary gifts such as program and household supplies, toiletries, and clothing. Not all in-kind donations can be accepted at the shelter at all times, due to storage and staffing limitations. Donations staff may recommend community partners who regularly assist Willow Place clients with provision of free necessities. All in-kind donations must be pre-approved and dropped off by appointment. Current donation drop-offs are no-contact, in keeping with recommended health precautions for coronavirus.
For more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org – 204-615-0313, ext. 237 (Monday through Friday, daytime hours)
email@example.com – 204-615-0313, ext. 233 (Tuesday and Thursday, daytime hours)Copyright © 2021 Willow Place Inc.
All rights reserved.
Our mailing address:
P.O. Box 1786, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3C 2Z9
Challenge for Change
Domestic Violence Youth Media Contest 2019
By Marcie Wood, Executive Director, Willow Place
Challenge for Change is a three year (May 2017-April 2020) project funded by WAGE Canada and hosted by Willow Place. The project is supporting gender-based violence (GBV) system transformation through collective impact. The project is overseen by the Willow Place Board of Directors, and a multi-sectoral Steering Committee provides guidance and advice to the project. A needs assessment was carried out in the early stages of the project, which resulted in the identification of selected practices that require change to adequately support those experiencing gender-based violence. The project is implementing actions under each of the four recommendations:
New Willow Place Executive Director
Congratulations Marcie Wood
Willow Place is pleased to announce that former Community Coordinator, Marcie Wood, has been hired in the role of Executive Director. Marcie brings a rich history of work in the family violence sector, and was a key member of the three-year Challenge to Change project funded by Status of Women Canada, and led by Willow Place. We hope you will join us in welcoming Marcie to this new role.
Women Helping Women
Winnipeg Realtor’s Sahara Trek to Support Willow Place
By Pam Hadder, Community Coordinator, Willow Place
This winter, Willow Place was approached by Royal LePage realtor, Nicole Hacault, about a very unique fundraiser – Nicole Hacault is one of 120 Royal LePage realtors across Canada, and one of two Manitoba realtors, that will be trekking across the Sahara Desert in November 2019 in support of Canadian shelters. Willow Place is honored and grateful to be the recipient of Nicole’s incredible Royal LePage Shelter Foundation initiative! Royal LePage and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation have been top supporters of Willow Place, helping us to be able to continue to provide no-cost emergency and ongoing support to women and children dealing with family violence and abuse.