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Since getting my new bed from The MREA Shelter Foundation I have had comfortable sleeps. I feel I am very lucky to have received the bed, as I have limited finances. I just want to say thanks as it means a lot to me and my family.

Sherri, New Directions

The bed that I was given is something that I use every day. It is not a sporadically used item. It is so important to receive something so essential to help me with my living situation. Because I get to sleep on a bed now, I feel well rested on the following day. I also feel no pain waking up in the morning from sleeping on the floor. I have also noticed that throughout the day I feel more focused and alert and am generally in a better mood. It feel like I can accomplish more the following day after a good night’s sleep. This comfortable gift is not only essential but also wonderful. The feeling can be described as very satisfying. I am very thankful for what I have received and I hope that others will have that privilege too.

Joanne, New Directions

After years of pursuing housing options for Winnipeg’s homeless, Siloam Mission purchased the Wolseley-area Madison Memorial Lodge in April of 2011 to turn into supportive housing.  The dilapidated building was in dire need of repair.  Siloam’s vision for the Madison Lodge was a dignified place that people who experienced homelessness could be proud to call “home”.  Today, the Madison Lodge houses more than 70 people who would otherwise be homeless.

The MREA Shelter Foundation grant helped us develop the communal spaces and provide vital supports for guests transitioning off the streets and into their own home.  Our guests are learning to connect, build community and create a place where everyone is loved and accepted.  We would like to thank the MREA Shelter Foundation for their support in welcoming our residents home.

Judy Richichi, Director of Development, Siloam Mission

The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation was instrumental in providing new mattresses and bedding for our interim housing.  It was wonderful for our staff to be able to provide a better experience for those victims of domestic violence that we work with.  Thank you so much for your support.

Anna Pazdzierski, Executive Director, Nova House Inc.

Habitat for Humanity Manitoba (HFHM) benefits greatly from our relation with The MREA Shelter Foundation.  The construction of a Habitat home carries a large expense and requires a tremendous amount of work to raise the necessary funds.  The MREA Shelter Foundation’s generous cash donations to our volunteer-driven HFHM Chapters in Virden and Portage la Prairie helped us attain our fundraising goals in those communities.

Because of the funding assistance from the Shelter Foundation, there are two Manitoba families that have each purchased an affordable home and can now call it their own.  Thank you so much to The MREA Shelter Foundation for their continuing support of projects throughout the province of Manitoba.  They are wonderful advocates for the community and a pleasure to work with.

Steve Krahn, Vice President, Regional Development, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba 

With your generous grant, were able to help keep the shelter open into April. We also were able to separate the shelter from the Food Bank to keep our Food Bank operational and safe during COVID 19. This was very helpful to keep everyone safe and secure. We have updated our shelter space this year with an added kitchen area with a microwave and coffee maker. Many helped with this project and we thank The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation for your contribution. Thank you again for your support. We look forward to continued networking together to provide to those in need.

Barbara McNish, Executive Director, Samaritan House Ministries
Manitoba REALTORS® Shelter Foundation