Siloam Mission - Madison Supportive Housing
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Located in Winnipeg's Wolseley neighborhood, The Madison provides 85-units of recovery based independent living in a supportive, congregate environment. It is a place of intentional community for individuals considered chronically and episodically homeless coming from shelters and other care systems.

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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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Born in England, Stephen moved to Ontario at 7 years of age and came to Winnipeg in 1982. He lost both his home and job and ended up in the Madison this past February. This year has been very tough with the passing of his father in May. It’s a challenge to get the motivation to even step out the door. Stephen fondly remembers Christmas dinners with his family and would love to give a winter kit as a gift to someone at the Madison when he is able. Though he is away from his siblings, he loves Winnipeg and enjoys reading and listening to music.

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Michael used to work as a clerk at the Public Trustee Office and as a garbage collector for the city. He struggles with schizophrenia and living with diabetes. He moved to the Madison six years ago after being assaulted where he previously lived. He loves to read anything related to the humanities especially the work of the German psychologist Eric Fromm, The Sane Society

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Born in Portugal, Maria moved to Winnipeg at 7 years old and came to the Madison four years ago after living in group homes. She previously worked at a factory steaming jackets. Her major challenge is taking medication for many years. She enjoys listening to music and watching television. She remembers her favourite doll as her fondest holiday memory

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Lewis' journey began on Roseau River Reserve, about 100 km south of Winnipeg. Spending most of his life in Winnipeg, Lewis has found work as a cook & as a manual labourer, moving building materials. He has also worked with The Red River Exhibition. Lewis has been at the Madison for 4 years. Since then, life has been going quite well for him. Lewis likes to spend time at shopping malls or with family.Family is very important to Lewis. He enjoys spending time with his brother or his aunt. His fondest holiday memories have been inviting his family over to his place for a big dinner with all the fixings. If the opportunity arose, Lewis would give a new guitar to a friend who frequents Siloam Mission.

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Fletcher was born & raised in Winnipeg. His favourite holiday memories are that of spending time with family & enjoying supper together. He has fond memories of his mom's Christmas meals, especially her stuffing!!! It was between 1979 - 1994 that Fletcher began living & working in both Calgary, Alberta & Winnipeg, Manitoba. He worked for an oil company, where he assembled pump jacks for the oil fields & at a recycling plant, sorting recycling goods. After 1994, Winnipeg became his home base again. Living in Winnipeg, Fletcher has experienced poverty. Today he lives at the Madison. Fletcher credits a nurse for recommending the program to him. He enjoys the devotional programs & prayer sessions at the Madison.

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Willis was born in Toronto, ON & lived there until he was 4 years old. Although he has lived in Drumheller, Alberta, Willis spent most of his life in Winnipeg. Willis has an interesting work history, which includes working as a structural steel inspector & working in the oil fields cleaning up oil & gas rig sites. He spent time employed with the RCMP & the downtown RBC. But Willis has also experienced homelessness & spent 4 years living in the Salvation Army. In all this, he has grown to appreciate the fresh air that comes from taking walks in the neighbourhood. Willis currently lives at the Madison. Despite ongoing financial struggles, Willis hopes to one day live on his own & be independent. For now, he really likes living at the Madison & enjoys spending time in conversation with others who live there. Willis' fondest holiday memories are that of spending Christmas with his foster family.

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  • Giant Tiger gift card

  • Running shoes, NIKE(specific), size 9

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Social relationships with family, friends & the community help people develop a sense of belonging. There is a beautiful thread that runs through Tracy's story that displays how Siloam helps to meet the basic need to belong. Tracy was born in Winnipeg. As a child, she lived in Alberta for 2 years, but spent most of her life in Manitoba. Tracy has 2 teenage boys & a teenage daughter who currently live with her father. Her father, her children & her pet hamster are what bring Tracy joy & happiness. Tracy has worked in the hospitality & food industry, as well as in retail sales. When working for Safeway & Giant Tiger, she enjoyed interacting with the public. She loved the family-like atmosphere that was present while working at Giant Tiger. At some point, Tracy injured her knee in an accident & was unable to work. Having no place to live, Tracy was homeless & would often live with friends. About 4 years ago, she found a place to live at the Madison. It was here that Tracy felt "like family." Today Tracy's biggest challenge is transition. Her mother passed away one year ago. Going through the grief process has been hard for her emotionally. But Tracy counts her family & her hamster as support through the grief.
Tracy has a favourite holiday memory from when she was 5. Her brother gave her an old toy she once played with, as a gift for Christmas. At first she was upset, because it was her toy to begin with. But that Christmas, her brother taught her that it's the thought that counts, not the gift.
Tracy wants to wish happiness & love to all those close to her, who use Siloam Mission services.

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Ann is a Winnipegger who grew up in East Kildonan but became homeless last year. She has worked as a telemarketer but eagerly wants to go back to university next year to take psychology and sociology. Ann doesn’t have her kids with her at this time and as such Christmas is difficult for her…she misses them so. If given an opportunity, she would love to give a bag of toiletries to someone else who uses Siloam’s services.

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Richard lived in Paraguay, a country in central South America until he was 5 years old. By the mid 1960's, his family moved to Winnipeg. Richard enjoys reading & learning about history. One of his favourite books is called, "The Other Europe." Richard also enjoys baking & found work in a bakery, baking all kinds of goods, like buns & bread. But at some point, Richard found himself in a financial struggle that led to homelessness. Having no where to go, he began living at the Main Street Project. Eventually, he learnt about the Madison & has been living there ever since. If Richard had an opportunity to give a gift to someone close to him who frequents the services at Siloam Mission, he'd give them a watch or a radio.

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Dave was born and raised in Winnipeg and has been at the Madison since 1998, before Siloam took over the building. He previously worked at Versatech and enjoyed the job. He loves to have visitors and mingling with the staff as this encourages him and truly makes him joyful. He has fond memories of Christmas as a child, specifically Santa bringing him fire trucks to play with.

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Tammy is a Winnipeger who became homeless when she was 18 years old. Most of the work she’s done has been temporary jobs for various companies, mostly in shipping/receiving. She’s proud to say she’s been sober for the past 5 months, although it has been a difficult road. Her second cousin brings encouragement to her as she is the one helping her decide on important things in her life. She loves Christmas as she remembers her grandma cooking peanut butter marshmallow cookies for her. Tammy loves music and she would give a Tim Horton gift card to someone like her if she had an opportunity.

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Ned grew up in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg. He has been living at the Madison for more than a year. Due to a car accident, he has been limited in his ability to return to work. His memory lapses present the greatest challenge in his life. However, he has made peace with his limitations. Reading; listening to music; and nature hiking are great sources of encouragement for him. Despite his difficulties, his fondest memories are listening to music. If he had the opportunity to give to another individual at Siloam, he would give them a wrist watch, chocolates, or coffee mugs.

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Curtis grew up in rural Manitoba, but has lived in Winnipeg for 25 years. He was able to find residence at the Madison after attending the transition services program at Siloam. In the past, he has worked in factories. He is enjoying the opportunity to learn new skills working a printing press at Prolific Graphics. He admits it has been a challenge to find the balance in his new life since working at this new job for a month. He loves discovering new things through his reading, colouring and being in nature. His fondest Christmas memory is choosing a real Christmas tree in the forest. He still remembers the smell of Scotch Pine trees the best. If given the opportunity to give to someone attending Siloam, he would give them a good coat, wool socks, and a scarf to be prepared for the weather

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  • Box of good quality chocolates

  • Electronic projects for the evil genius book

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Roger was born and raised in Kapuskasing, ON and has been in Winnipeg for two years. In the past, Roger worked for CP and CN Rail and came to Winnipeg looking for employment. He is grateful that Siloam welcomed him in after having difficulty landing a job. He enjoys his freedom and expressing himself through art. His fondest memories are during Christmas.

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Dean grew up in the West End of Winnipeg. He enjoyed 42 years working as a forklift driver at MacDon. He was evicted from a retirement home when he could not pay rent. After staying at the Salvation Army, Siloam helped him to find a stable home at the Madison. At this time, the greatest challenges he faces are medical issues. However, he gets encouragement from watching TV; going for walks; and spending time with friends. His fondest holiday memories are from spending the holidays with family exchanging Christmas gifts, decorating, and dinner. The greatest gift he would give to someone using Siloam’s services would be friendship.

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At the age of 15 & speaking only Kurdish & Farsi, Neil originated to Canada from Iran. For Neil, life is exciting. He loves politics & reading books on the topic. He likes camping & has dreams of becoming a teacher. In his mid 20's, Neil found work assembling electronics. He was casually employed through the Independent Learning Center, as well. He worked as an interpreter. Unfortunately, about 14 years ago, while on the job assembling electronics, he had an accident. It left him with a physical disability. He spent 7-8 years on disability income assistance. He went back to school to get his Masters in political studies. But when his income assistance ran out, he ended up on the streets for a few months. Neil's greatest challenge is his physical disability, which makes it difficult to find employment. Today Neil lives at the Madison. If Neil had an opportunity to give this holiday season, he would donate money to Siloam Mission because of all the help he has received.

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Ray loves music and gets his inspirations from the Beatles. He has been in Winnipeg for 30 years and has enjoyed playing in bands all over Manitoba. His favourite Christmas memory was getting his drum set at 13 years old, after begging his mom for 4 years! Sadly, when his mom passed away he wasn't able to make rent or keep his drum set. Currently he finds contentment in playing his guitar. He is so grateful for all the staff that take such good care of him and all the tenants. If he could give a gift to anyone it'd be something practical, like winter gear.

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  • Winter coat, large

Kelly likes physical activity and working with his hands. In the past he has worked in construction, for a glass company, until they closed and driving machinery. He still enjoys going for walks and bike rides for activity. His Christmas wish would be to get his buddy Ray an E-string for his guitar. As for Kelly, a pre-paid visa card would come in handy to pay off some bills.

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  • Prepaid VISA card to pay some bills

Born in BC and moved to Winnipeg in 2001, David became homeless in 2007 because he couldn’t afford paying rent. Kicked out of his apartment after losing his job, he has been at the Madison for four years now. He struggles with depression, anxiety attacks and mild paranoia. He likes to play video games and hanging out with his older brother.

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Justin has spent most of his life in Winnipeg and worked as a labourer. He took care of his mother in the last years of her life. Winters can be difficult on him as he has trouble walking and has poor eyesight. He enjoyed going to the lake as a kid and playing in a band. If he was to give a gift, it would be what the receiver needs most as those are the most important.

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Corie is from Steinbach and has lived in Winnipeg for two years. He is a certified welder who has been out of work for two years due to medical issues. He enjoys reading the bible and praying and has many fond memories of Christmas as child with his Father. If he could give a gift to someone it would be a bible as it's brought him a lot of happiness.

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Bob grew up in Winnipeg, in the Elmwood area. He has worked as a shipper and receiver for Canadian Tire and has worked in grocery stores. He's struggled to find employment and has been attending a job training program. Bob enjoys watching movies, listening to music and spending time with family. If he could give someone a gift it would be a cd player.

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  • Gift certificate to the movies

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  • Gift card to Walmart or Dollorama

Rick is getting older and like many of us struggling to maintain his independence. He is having increased difficulties with daily life activities like cooking and cleaning. He is on a limited income but continues to persevere in managing his own finances. He has fond memories of spending time with his family at the cottage, big turkey dinners, and of course everyone opening presents

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Dennis was born and raised in Winnipeg. In his younger years, he enjoyed working on a farm and in construction. But his favourite job was as a commercial fisherman as he loves ice fishing and catching Walleye. During the holiday season Dennis has fond memories of watching the Santa Clause Parade and eating lots of yummy chocolate. Dennis would really like those who live with him to have warm winter boots.

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Back in the early 90’s Jeff travelled to Winnipeg for work as a landscaper and general labourer. His favourite holiday tradition was singing carols. Although not originally from here, Jeff enjoys cheering the Jets on to victory. Jets gear, like hats, gloves or scarves would keep him warm for the winter.

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Don has only been in Winnipeg for two years now. One of his favourite holiday memories was reconnecting with family over a traditional Italian meal many years ago. Don really enjoys exercise and tinkering with computers. His Christmas wish would be to have a laptop computer of his own, even used, or a gift card.

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  • Gift card to buy a laptop

Dylan has been living at the Madison since February of this year. Due to a bout of illness he could not work and after spending a few months at the Salvation Army and then living with his daughter he heard about the Madison. He is originally from Winnipeg but moved to a reserve in the province for about 10 years with his wife. After his wife passed away he moved back to the city . He enjoyed his job as a paint chemist in the construction business but is currently unable to do this because he is awaiting a lung transplant. He started smoking and drinking after the death of his wife. He loves staying at the Madison and thinks the staff are great. Playing videos games and watching Netflix helps him to pass the time as he awaits his transplant.

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Ralf has a very positive outlook on life. When faced with struggles such as decreased vision due to cataracts, he remembers to stop and be thankful. Ralf is thankful for the 62 years that he had with good vision. He is scheduled for cataract surgery in the spring of 2017. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he came to the Madison after hearing that he would be able to have a parking space to store his belongings. At the Madison he has everything that he needs such as a room, bed, closet space. These are things he is thankful for because he didn't have them before. He loves music and is a huge fan of the Rolling Stones. One of his favorite memories of them is paying $4.50 to see them in concert here in Winnipeg. Over the years, Ralf has really enjoyed working in various aspects of the retail business. What he loves most about the holidays is that every single Christmas is different because every year the people are different.

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Crystal came to Winnipeg recently from Lorette. As she neared the completion of her CFS program, she was in need of a place to stay. She was able to find a home at the Madison through the support of Siloam. Her experience working at a ski hill cafeteria and her sister’s farm helped her build some great friendships and valuable work experience. Since she is currently in school, her biggest challenge is math. However, she finds her encouragement and support from her friends and family. Her fondest memory is spending time with her family at Boo at the Zoo. In the spirit of giving, she would give clothing and entertainment (games, gift cards) to encourage someone else at Siloam.

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Raymond is from the east end of Winnipeg. He initially came to Siloam looking for a meal, but received encouragement and a place to stay at the Madison. Raymond faces the challenge of socializing and making new friends. However, the staff and people at the Madison have met that need for support and companionship. If he had the opportunity, he would love to share the spirit of giving by giving a particular friend a sweater.

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  • Transit bus tickets or pass

Erryn grew up in the N. Kildonan and Transcona areas of Winnipeg. After completing a therapy program, Erryn was directed to Siloam for assistance to find a stable home through the Exit Up program (Special thanks to Liza). His fond memories include working with his fellow staff in retail sales; and enjoying food and singing with his family. One particular highlight was receiving a record player from his grandparents. If given the opportunity, Erryn would love to encourage his friend Charlene with a pair of warm boots.

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Claude initially came to Winnipeg just for a visit but decided to stay. While facing personal challenges, he appreciated the support to stay at Main Street Project, Salvation Army, and now Siloam Mission. In the past, Claude enjoyed the opportunities for growth that his sales job provided. His greatest challenge is being unsure if he will be able to recreate the same stable home environment that the Madison has provided him. Christmas time is challenging, but he would love to encourage someone else at Siloam with a phone.

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Cheyenne came to Winnipeg 1 ½ years ago from Thunder Bay. She found out about the support services offered at Siloam through her CFS worker. She loves to work with her hands, which is shown by her past jobs in construction, painting, and electrical. Her current challenge is handling the stress and emotions of balancing between school and work. She tries to do it by spending fun time with her friends and family. For example, diving into snow banks with her best friend. Halloween is her favorite memory. She fondly remembers her foster sister dressing up and scaring trick-or-treaters; but also enjoying going out trick-or-treating with the younger kids. She would love to give a free hug, coffee and a box of chocolates to someone else at Siloam.

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Slavko arrived in Winnipeg from Yugoslavia when he was 3 years old. With the help of his sister, he found support from Siloam. From his various jobs working with a forklift, drill press, to bouncing, he’s enjoyed them all. The simple things give him encouragement – chocolate milk, Coca Cola, bananas. His favourite holiday memories are of playing games with his late father during Christmas and New Years.

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Fred is originally from Winnipeg. He came to use the services at Siloam through the RAILS CFS program. As a result, he’s found a home at the Madison for the past 3½ years. He enjoys giving back to the community and meeting people through his volunteer experience. His greatest challenge at the moment is quitting smoking. However, his greatest joy is seeing his 8-month daughter. Fred’s fondest memory is of a Christmas tree surrounded by his foster family and tons of gifts. To encourage someone else at Siloam, he would keep it simple, like a 7-up to his friend Kevin.

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Derrick came to Winnipeg from the Pas four years ago. He became aware of the services Siloam offered through the RAY organization. Now he is no longer homeless but has a stable home at the Madison for 1½ years. He appreciates having a stable job as a cleaner. At the moment, he is unsure of his plans after he moves. After only a year, Derrick has developed a passion for mixed martial arts. He would love to share with others the benefits it has provided him. His favourite memory of Christmas was spending time with his father and younger siblings watching movies together.

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Wayne grew up in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg. After working various security and warehouse jobs where he enjoyed working the night shifts, he had some financial difficulties which led him to live in a hotel. After attending Siloam for meals, he was told about the Madison housing program. Wayne faces the challenge of not knowing where he could go to find the same stable housing that he has found at the Madison. Christmas is his favourite time of the year because he has fond memories of past family get-togethers. If he had the opportunity, he would share the gift of having stable home with someone else in need.

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Roger lived in foster care until he was of age. He had experienced homelessness until he was directed to check out Siloam for support. Now he has a place to call his own and is in search of a full time permanent job. He enjoys being physically active which was a common thread from his past jobs (dishwasher, cutting lumber, and cleaning). His greatest challenge is to avoid dwelling on past failures and focus on taking advantage of the resources available to help him move forward. For Roger, the opportunity to be physically active outdoors (skating, hockey, being on the River Trail) encourages his spirit. His fondest memories were of spending time with his foster family at Christmas. He would love to share the spirit of giving by giving a gift of chocolates, flowers to someone else at Siloam. Specifically, an apology note to a particular person he knows.

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Sidney is originally from Thunder Bay, but eventually settled in Winnipeg after living in several places in Western Canada. He came to Siloam looking for a place to stay. He successfully ran a business until he faced several personal and financial obstacles. Now, his ongoing physical disabilities contribute most to his difficulties. However, he still gets encouragement from seeing his parents and three younger brothers. If he had the chance, he would love to share the gift of a phone or laptop with someone else in need to help them stay connected with loved ones.

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Sammy is from Petersville, Manitoba and has been in Winnipeg for 16 years. He came to Siloam after difficulty finding work . He has held previous jobs in the restaurant industry in the kitchen. He finds it difficult to find full time work due to his limited work experience and lack of transportation. He finds painting therapeutic when he ever gets the opportunity to indulge. He loves the spirit of Christmas, its decorations and lights on the streets. If given an opportunity, he would hand out chocolates to someone in need like himself.

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  • Thermal underwear, medium

  • Backpack with extra support

  • Hat gloves scarf

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Ruth is originally from Roblin but has been in Winnipeg for 25 years now. Fleeing from domestic violence is what brought her to Siloam and she now finds happiness when out for a walk or doing art. She was a sales clerk for 15 years until Eatons closed but when there she always enjoyed her coworkers and the shoppers. She thinks a make-up kit would be a great gift for some of the ladies who benefit from Siloam’s services and would eagerly give such a gift if she was able.

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  • Black casual pants, size 12

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  • Blue sweater, medium

  • Gift card to buy Maybelline foundation

Lloyd proudly originates from Sudbury, Ontario-the nickel capital of the world. He has lived in Winnipeg since 1981. He came to Siloam in 2012 which he credits for helping him stay sober and clean for 12 years. However, he has been unable to work due to health challenges. In the past, he has worked in security at Via Rail. He loves baseball, basketball, and especially hockey. He is a huge Jets fan. If he had the opportunity, he would give a person who uses Siloam’s services a warm meal; a shopping trip to Value Village for warm clothing; and encouragement to participate in the 12 step program at AFM.

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  • CDs (Neil Diamond, Anne Murray, Frank Sinatra)

  • thermal underwear, large

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  • Winter gloves, large

Colin was born and raised in Winnipeg, living both in the suburbs and in the downtown area. He's had experience in several job... cooking, janitorial work, snow removal and yard work. He enjoys the Christmas season, particularly Christmas lights, music, food and laughter. If he could buy a gift for someone it would be a warm coat and gloves for a homeless person.

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Gunter was raised in Toronto and moved to Winnipeg in 1981. He has a doctorate in Theology and worked in the Philippines as a safety advisor. Gunter wants to start his own business in Safety Health, Consulting and Management. He is currently recovering from a serious back injury. He enjoys going for walks, drawing and painting. If he could give a gift it would be a Tim Hortons or Walmart gift card.

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A bed bug infestation forced Theresa out of her home. This Winnipegger loves to paint portraits of people and would like that as a full-time job if she could. Theresa has been plagued with mental illness which has placed limitations on her but she really values time spent with her oldest and dearest friends. A fond memory of Christmas when she was a young girl was when her kitten Mittens got a little excited with the ornaments as they decorated the tree. Mittens was so excited she knocked the tree over while she was trying to play. She has a friend she’d like to give some luck to with a horseshoe or 4 leaf clover key chain. Although wool socks are practical this time of year, there is nothing like a little make-up and nail polish to make a woman feel beautiful at Christmas time.

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Sheila came to the Madison three years ago after living in a tent outside the Salvation Army. She greatly appreciates the services there. She used to be a child and youth care worker who worked for thirteen years in daycare centers. Having experienced complex PTSD due to abusive relationships in the past, she credits all the help that she’s getting at the Madison house for overcoming her mental health issues. She’s also proud to say that she’s been clean for 8 years after struggling with addiction. Being sober and reuniting with her daughter has given her much happiness.

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  • Coffee pods for Keurig

  • Lavender scent oil for oil/wax burner

  • Walmart or Tim Hortons gift card