Siloam Mission - Transition Services
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The transition services program helps guests move forward in their lives through goal setting, weekly meetings, support and accountability. Coupled with a circle of care – a team of people made up of staff and volunteers that encourages each participant on a weekly basis – the program is designed to provide supports so that people can regain their confidence and take positive steps knowing that a “family” is backing them up all the way.

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  • Siloam Mission Reception, 300 Princess Street , Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm by Dec 22nd. Step 1: First pledge the gift online by clicking the “Pledge this Gift” button next to the story. Step 2: Make sure you register an account or login so your pledge is recorded. Step 3: Deliver the gifts by Dec 22nd during business hours to Reception only. Please have the gift wrapped with a tag indicating the ID # of the person the gift is for. Please also write on the back of the tag what the gift is. Personal notes and cards are not only welcome, but encouraged. Thank you!

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Crystal is a soft-spoken, kind-hearted woman who has faced some hard times in her young life. Her family relationships brighten her day, as well as her 4 year old son. She is from Winnipeg and she has big dreams to make more out of her life here in the city. She volunteers at Siloam Mission to give back to the community that has served her so much. Siloam’s services allows her to have a safe place to stay when she needs and helps her with developing skills to find employment. Her dream job is to become a professional bartender. Some of the challenges she faces involve staying away from the unhealthy influences and relationships in her life. Her fondest memories of the holiday season is the first snowfall. If she could have one wish she would wish that Siloam would receive the resources to build an even bigger shelter to house those in need on the cold winter nights.

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Stan is an old soul with years of wisdom and experience under his belt. He is from Manitoba and no stranger to hard work. He has worked a variety of jobs from construction to administrative work. He fell on hard times when he was evicted from his residence because of a family conflict. Siloam provides him with a place to stay and a family that he cherishes. He has had trouble finding work at his age but he is determined to upgrade his skills to find gainful employment again. Siloam helps him with his efforts to improve his skills. Hunting, fishing and anything outdoors brings him the most joy. He is very proud of the fact that he once caught a 52” Northern Pike. His fondest memories of the holiday season would be his visits with his mom when she was still alive and they would talk all night long. He wishes that all Siloam patrons would find someone to talk to whenever they needed.

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  • Good shoes with strong arch support, size 10.5, supination control, dark colour

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  • Winnipeg Transit bus pass

Mike was born in Toronto and moved to Winnipeg 20 years ago. Mike enjoys baking and has worked in the downtown biz. Although Mike is a hard worker, he finds it challenging to compete for a permanent job because employers are more inclined to choose youth over wisdom. Being jobless and homeless for the past 6 months led him to Siloam Transition Services. It always encourages him whenever he remember his oldest son who was born on Christmas day and getting reconnected to him 3 years ago after being separated for 25 years. Before the year end he will become a grandfather. If given a chance, he would like to give jackets and boots to those who uses Siloam’s services to keep them warm and comfy during the winter times

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Maurice has been partially blind for 10 years now. He was originally from Keeseekoowenin First Nation Elephant Stone Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg in 2014. A hard working person, he had worked as heavy equipment operator – gravel, tractors, farm machinery - carpentry and constructions in the reserve, water work doing pipeline installation to name some. Maurice is happily looking forward to getting married next year. His daughter and 2 grandchildren put a smile on his face whenever he remembers them. A few of his favorite holiday memories was when he worked as a gunsmith and when he worked as a sewing machine operator for leather jacks. Given the opportunity, he would like to give money to residential survivor whom he calls his brothers and sisters.

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Geri enjoys the company of positive spirited people. She loves being around people that are not selfish in sharing their lives with others. Born and raised in SwanLake, Geri moved to Winnipeg in 1975. She worked in various jobs such as cabin cleaner and room attendant. Despite her jolly kind of character, she finds it challenging to get a permanent job because of her age. With the challenge of landing a job, Siloam became a rescue center for her. She finds the Transitional Services Program of Siloam very helpful especially in the areas of clothing, a warm place to sleep and counseling. Geri enjoys thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays because people are usually at their best especially on the area of giving. Given the chance, she would like to give clothing to those who uses Siloams’ services.

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Fred was originally from Minneapolis, USA and had worked in the US Air Force from 1971 to 1974. He moved in Winnipeg in 1985. Dragged down by mental illness coming from early childhood abuse both physical and verbal and got triggered by recent financial crisis, Fred found Siloam Recovery Center comfortable and helpful. Fred enjoys seeing peace loving people working together. Given the opportunity, it would encourage his soul to find jobs for his friends that are also benefitting from Siloams’ programs and services.

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Mina was born in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut but has lived in Winnipeg for the last 23 years. She spent some interesting time working as a home support worker, a tenant relation officer, and four years doing office work with the government. A highlight for her was cooking and caring for people in their homes. She came to Siloam to receive counseling, meals, and clothing as needed. She is currently challenged by arthritis and ailing ankles and knees not to mention that nagging credit card bill. She finds great encouragement from spending time with her son, daughter and other family members. In fact, she has fond memories of the trip she made to visit her siblings in Whale Cove one Christmas.

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  • Gift card (VISA or Walmart)

Roy moved to Winnipeg to live with his sister when she got sick. Sadly, she passed away. Roy is currently a resident & enrolled in the Transition Services Program. He also participates in the Drop In Program. Roy has experience in renovations & demolitions. He has done subcontracting work. Roy is finding this transition in life exciting. Roy enjoys going to work everyday. He likes going to demolitions. Something Roy would like to do this holiday season, is give some of the patrons of Siloam Mission a good cup of Nabob or Tim's Dark coffee.

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Gordon spent 20 years with Westland Steel. He held the foreman/lead hand position which is the modern equivalent to a blacksmith. He worked as a heat treater to harden & temper steel. The industrial heat treatment of steel is a very complex & precise science. Unfortunately, production stopped in Winnipeg. For 18 months, he worked as a long haul trucker, but didn't enjoy it. Gordon is currently a resident. He will admit that relationships pose a challenge for him. But working with the youth, finishing furniture brings him joy. He loves the feel of solid wood, reading & cooking. He's a meat & potatoes guy. Some of his goals are to get a job, a home & continue to help others. This Christmas, he would give the gift of giving someone a chance.

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Joe moved to Winnipeg with his parents in 1978 from London, Ontario. He came to Siloam after being evicted from his apartment. He lost the apartment because he had been busy looking after his girlfriend who has since passed away. His joy is to spend time with his family – particularly his two sons and girlfriend – whether it be watching his sons play football or basketball or attending monster truck shows. A favourite holiday memory was spending Christmas with his mom before she passed away. Another special time was when his dad turned 80 years old.

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Robert is a friendly man who admittedly has the gift of gab! He was born and raised in Winnipeg and started to come to Siloam Mission 10 years ago – he walked from Maryland Street for a meal. He previously lived in a place where there were bed bugs and people who were involved in illegal activities. Robert got involved in Transition Services and he can’t say enough about the staff that helped him get together new identification (which was lost) and helped him find a place to live for people over the age of 55. Robert loves to read books – particularly loves stories that take place in 1850’s England. In fact he reads a book every three days and makes regular visits to the library. Robert has health issues – COPD from smoking and a year ago he spent 21 days in the hospital with pneumonia. He credits the staff at Siloam for saving his life – as they called an ambulance when they noticed his illness. A favourite childhood memory is visiting his Baba by the train in Saskatchewan – all by himself every summer from the age of 6 to the age of 14. Robert has 4 children – 2 girls and 2 boys and seeing them happy brings him joy. His eldest daughter lives in Ottawa with her husband and kids – Robert’s dream would be to visit them by train. He would love to give the gift of a cooking lesson to patrons of Siloam Mission.

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Deborah has lived in Winnipeg for a couple of years. She has two young adult children who are experiencing challenges of their own. Following a difficult rental experience in the city she was without a home and no family support. Though previously she had worked for a while in childcare and had a great time doing farm work, her efforts to reestablish herself here have been unsuccessful due to a back injury she sustained. She finds great encouragement from playing the piano and singing as well as sharing jokes that bring laughter to others. This Christmas, as she remembers the happy times she had finding and chopping down the perfect tree, she would like to bring comfort to a friend at Siloam by providing them with a backpack filled with essentials.

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Harry was born and raised in Winnipeg but became homeless 8 years ago. Prior to becoming homeless he worked for 25 years as a Computer Technician and a Network Administrator which he enjoyed very much. Unfortunately for the last 10 years Harry has struggled with clinical depression which resulted in him suffering from severe stress and eventually having to stop working. Despite his own challenges Harry likes helping others and particularly enjoys serving coffee and talking with people at Siloam. Harry recalls enjoying Christmas as a child. If he had an opportunity to give someone who uses Siloam services a gift he would give them a pair of mitts and some socks.

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  • Gift card to Staples, Walmat or BestBuy

Born in Winnipeg Glen is a very creative person who enjoys making things with his hands. He has built trailers for trucks and is also a welder. Glen has a keen interest in music and likes to write rap songs. Glen was exposed to drugs and alcohol at a young age and has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in his adult life. He is working hard to turn his life around and has been sober for 1 year. Glen was introduced to Siloam by his girlfriend who is homeless. His favourite Christmas memories are of spending time with his girlfriend and his step daughter who is 6 years old. If Glen could get a gift for someone a Siloam, it would be a promise ring for his girlfriend.

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  • Gift card to Giant Tiger or Walmart

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  • promise ring for girlfriend size 5 1/2

Matthew came to Siloam because he needed a place to stay and resources to help him find a job. In the past he has had a variety of jobs including working as a delivery driver and working in the construction industry. Matthew’s ideal job would involve working with computers. Matthew is currently living with his parents and has found it challenging trying to find affordable housing. Matthew likes meeting people and enjoys going to the job resource centre. He has a 25 year old brother who has a disability and his favourite holiday memory is of getting together for a meal with his parents. If Matthew had the opportunity to give someone at Siloam a gift he would give them a cell phone or a laptop.

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Stephanie was born in Fort Alexander but moved to Winnipeg when she was 4 years old. Although she once had a small apartment of her own she had to give it up because it was infested with bed bugs. She is currently staying with her Mom. Stephanie has worked at several Tim Horton’s stores but would love to have her own business some day. She is currently struggling to find a job and affordable housing. The holiday season is very hard for Stephanie because some of her close family members have passed away including her Grandpa and her cousin. She encourages herself by maintaining a positive attitude and by having good friends she can trust. If Stephanie could give someone at Siloam a gift she would give them a smile, the gift of hope and encourage them never to give up.

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Kat first came to Siloam because she was homeless and had no family to turn to (both her parents have passed away). She suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of being abused as a child and she fell into a bad depression when her daughter was taken away from her at 5 years old. One of Kat’s biggest challenges is trying to stay sober, but she is fighting to turn her life around so that she can get her daughter back. She is encouraged whenever she spends time with her daughter who she visits 1 to 2 times per week. In the past Kat has worked in a homeless drop in centre, a youth club and in a flower shop. Ideally she would love to work in legal aid.

If Kat could get someone at Siloam a gift she would get them school supplies, socks and some mitts.

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  • Winter coat, black or purple, Medium (not a long one)

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  • Jeans, size 26/2

An ex-iron worker, Stan has recently had a hard few years to say the least. Two years ago after having trouble in Vancouver, he came to Winnipeg, trying to make it home to Moose Lake. Plans changed, and he ended up staying in Winnipeg living with his daughter and granddaughter. Then recently things went from bad to worse when his daughter and granddaughter suddenly passed away. Feeling lost and hopeless, Stan came to Siloam for someone to talk to (and to have a bite to eat). He's a hardworking man who feels like he continues to get the short end of the stick, but his memories of sitting with all three of his kids celebrating the holidays keeps him warm.

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Candace is from Winnipeg and she has a large family in the city. She was adopted as a child and has many happy memories from her childhood. As an adult she has been experiencing many challenges surviving on the streets of Winnipeg now that she is homeless.She does want to get out of the unhealthy lifestyle she is currently in and Siloam has been an incredible resource for her to get back on her feet. Some of her favourite memories around the holiday seasons involve getting time with family and having meals together. Her greatest hope for patrons of Siloam mission is that each person has a chance to get warm and be safe for the cold winter nights. Candace wants a big extra-large teddy bear to ‘talk’ to when she is going through some of her emotional challenges. She hopes that she can get one under her tree this Christmas.

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  • Extra large teddy bear

  • White Mukluk boots, size 8.5

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  • White gloves, medium

Selena is a warm, energetic and charismatic woman. She is from Manitoba and has worked as a security guard for most of her working life. She loves her work because she has the opportunity to interact with people and help them with their problems. She fell on hard times when she was evicted from her living situation over a conflict with a family member. Siloam has provided her with a safe shelter and resources for her to get back on her feet. She gives back to the community by volunteering at Siloam regularly. In her own words, “She loves people and she loves all kinds of music.” She looks forward to spending some time with her two kids (13 & 16 years old) this Christmas. Her fondest memories are of family times together opening presents and having a meal together. She wishes that everyone at Siloam could have warm clothes to wear this winter and a backpack to carry their belongings.

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  • Earbuds for MP3 player

  • Gift card to Ardene, GooglePlay, Walmart or HMV

  • Prepaid phone card

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Joseph was born in Winnipeg and worked for some time as a truck driver. As time progressed, he made some bad decisions at the end of which he lost his job and his marriage ended in divorce. He found his way to Siloam Mission and the staff there are currently helping him transition back into the work force. He really hopes to drive again and live on his own. The holiday memories he cherishes most are the Christmases he has spent with family. This Christmas he would love to give a gift card to a friend at Siloam if he had the means.

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  • Gift card to Giant Tiger or WalMart

  • Gift card to an optical place so he can buy some glasses (bifocals)

Natalie moved to Winnipeg from Saskatoon 4 years ago for a job opportunity that fell through. She loves cooking and has worked as a chef – including at one point working in a homeless shelter. Her favourite meals to cook are hearty stews and chili. Natalie has had some difficult times – she was in an unsafe situation and tried to commit suicide. She suffers from mental illness which makes it difficult to hold down a job. Natalie is grateful for the staff at Siloam Mission – they have really stepped up to help her get to a doctor and she is now taking medication and feeling better. Natalie doesn’t have a lot of fond holiday memories – but loves the atmosphere at Siloam – the volunteers are friendly and the dinners really mean a lot. If she could give a gift to someone it would be a diary or a thermal coffee mug.

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  • Dishes

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  • Towel set (purple)

  • Gift card for Walmart or Tim Hortons

Paul had a difficult life in Winnipeg growing up in an abusive home. He ended up at Siloam Mission when he blacked out at the last place he was living. Paul loves to work with his hands – he took woodworking in high school and received 100% on a birdhouse project. He is in the MOST program and wants to go into carpentry. Paul loves to hang out with his friends – playing video game and watching movies – he especially loves horror movies and The Walking Dead. A funny holiday memory was when he was younger and his pet cat peed on the presents – they had to open them with care! He does love animals and enjoyed the cats at the last place where he was living. Paul would like to give a gift certificate to Tim’s or another restaurant as a gift.

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Originally from Calgary, Lacey moved to Winnipeg in 1993. She has been staying at Siloam since losing her job as an administrative assistant due to fibromyalgia and chronic knee pain. Her husband passed away 9 years ago and she is now alone as her sister passed away a year ago. Her favorite holiday memory is from her first few years here in Winnipeg. Her and her neighbors would get together to wrap gifts. Then they would put them under the tree while out looking at Christmas lights. Lacey enjoys spiritual music and bowling, which she is physically unable to do anymore. She would love to get her cat back and would like to go back to school to become a counselor.

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Julia moved to Winnipeg from Calgary 5 years ago. She was in an abusive marriage which was very difficult. She has three daughters whom she is unable to see as they live far away. Julia used to work in sales – she is a people person. Her passion is for poetry and drawing – she would love to purchase a camera to take photographs to go with her poetry. She would also love to take a photography course but doesn’t have the money to do so. Julia also loves to run. Some of her fondest memories are her daughters cheering her on when she ran a full marathon plus she has gone bungee jumping. Julia is proud that she is able to stand on her own two feet after going through a very difficult situation – she has also worked hard to go to school. She wanted to be a teacher and spent a lot of time volunteering at her daughters’ school. Julia appreciates the people in the Transition program at Siloam Mission – they listen to her and try to help her. Julia would love to be able to help her boyfriend pay off his fines so he could get his license back.

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  • Gift card for art store

  • Watch (not digital)

  • Hair brush