Siloam Mission
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Since 1987, Siloam Mission has provided meals, clothing, and hope to Winnipeg’s poor and homeless community. A Christian humanitarian organization, Siloam is dedicated to alleviating hardships and providing opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness. Poverty and homelessness affects more than 2,000 Winnipegers every year and the issue is growing. We serve an average of 1300 meals every day and do three meal services a day, 365 days a year. We also operate a 110-bed emergency shelter and offer various programs to help people reclaim their potential, to live with dignity and respect.

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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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Originally from Ontario and now living in Winnipeg for a year and a half, Angelo was drawn to Siloam because of the services they offer. He has enjoyed farming, truck driving and doing office work in the past. His biggest challenge was keeping up with education and staying in school. If he were to get the opportunity to have his own home, he would give someone else the chance to have a home and share it with his friends at Siloam.

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Reg is from Selkirk and has lived in Winnipeg since 1987. He loves the delicious hot meals that Siloam offers every day. He used to be a carpenter and cabinet maker. He struggles with Hepatitis C and considers that his biggest difficulty. He longs to go back to Selkirk for Christmas because of the memories he holds dear.

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Marie is experiencing some tough health issues. Among them are needing a new pair of glasses, losing her teeth, waiting for surgery for gallstones and taking medication for liver problems. She confesses to having daily pain and yet she stays positive. She gets encouragement by reading and going to the library.

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Kimberley was born in Winnipeg but has faced a hard life living on and off the streets for 17 years. Her friends introduced her to Siloam and she is very grateful for the meals and the clothing items she gets here. She used to volunteer at MAMACWE on Spence and at the social services Drop-in centre. She likes helping out when she can and likes to joke around and hang out with her friends

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William K. is an energetic and ambitious young man from Winnipeg. He has worked in administration, retail and construction. Things were going well for him until his accident that left him hurt and unable to work and he fell on hard times. He uses the services at Siloam Mission to help him get back into the workforce and upgrade his skills. He would like to one day own his own business renovating houses for resale. He is looking forward to spending the holidays with his two daughters (ages 8 & 9). He believes that the patrons of Siloam Mission would benefit greatly from having warm winter clothing to combat the cold while living on the streets. William would like to get back to regular exercise and he loves to train in mixed martial arts and boxing.

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  • Boxing gloves, leather or good quality synthetic, dark coloured or red, Large

  • PAN/AM Gym membership for a year or any length of time

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Andrew is a soft-spoken, intelligent, older gentleman. He has had much experience working as a mason. Originally from British Columbia, he found himself in Winnipeg at Siloam Mission after a heart attack left him unable to work. He fell on hard times and has benefitted greatly from the support of Siloam. He has a big heart for people as he wants to give back to the community by volunteering at Siloam. He loves spending time with his extensive family over the holidays. He loves to cook rabbit stew for them and watch them enjoy a home-cooked meal. Some of his fondest memories are of time spent with his wife (she passed away). Andrew has to endure cold Manitoba winters out on the streets at times and would love a winter parka to brave the elements.

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Born and raised in Gimli, Manitoba, Daniel has stayed in Winnipeg for 6 years now and has worked as a security officer, trainer and driver of light freight vehicles. Daniel is on disability. He uses a cane and has braces on his back. Daniel does not have any sustainable income. He learned about Siloams’ programs and services from a friend in Nova Scotia and has been a part of the drop in program since then. It encourages him to help youth against discrimination. During the holiday seasons he loves seeing children’s eyes light up and people having the spirit to help those who are in desperate need. Because he understands the importance of mobility he would recommend electronic scooters as gift for somebody in the Siloam community.

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Patricia was born in Norway House and raised by her grandparents who taught her the fine art of trapping and traditional medicines. When she moved to Winnipeg she was in need of support and clothing so she found her way to Siloam Mission. She decided to give back by volunteering there in the clothing department. Her greatest challenges currently are her own chronic back pain due to some trauma she experienced and the health issues plaguing her only sister and her father. Though she likes her privacy, she also enjoys joking around with friends

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Rachel is originally from Fairford, Manitoba. After about ten years she moved to Winnipeg and with the help of family and friends found the support she needed at Siloam Mission. Finding full time work has proven to be a real challenge for her, so in the mean time she has worked for various temp agencies. The holiday season has left her with many pleasant memories and her children are also a great source of happiness for her. If she were able to bless a fellow participant at Siloam with a gift she would get them a cell phone.

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Michelle was born and raised in Kenora and moved to Winnipeg in 2002. She worked for a while as a laborer at Palliser Furniture but when she lost that job she found herself hungry and homeless and made her way to Siloam Mission. She continues to find it challenging to find a place to live. While greatly encouraged by the hospitality of friends and family who provide a roof over her head, she eagerly longs to have place of her own—a place where she continue making memories with her children and see their smiling faces as they open gifts on Christmas morning. If she could give a gift to a friend at Siloam she would love to give a down feather coat with Sorrel boots.

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Before Janet's journey could begin, her dad had to come to Canada from Scotland and met her mom in Manitoba. Janet was born in Winnipeg. Janet's mom was deaf and as she grew up she learnt how to communicate with her mom using sign language. Janet's most difficult challenge has been the passing of her mother. She has been coming to Siloam Mission for clothes. Now she knows all the staff. Today she is in good spirits. She is married and works at the Deaf Centre. Memories of her mom & her new kitten, Patches bring her happiness & joy. She is looking forward to spending time at her mother-in-law's home this Christmas. Her favourite holiday memories are singing Christmas carols as a little girl.

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  • Blanket (red/white for Christmas)

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  • Special toy for cat scratching post

Cathy has 2 sons. Her family is really important and means the world to her. Currently, her younger son is in care in Lac Du Bonnet, about 115 km NE of Winnipeg, while she cares for her older son, who is in the hospital. Her older son was the victim of an assault and is receiving treatment. Thankfully he has shown signs of improvement. Cathy has been frequenting the Drop in program.

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Mark was born in Germany and moved here as a baby with his parents. He ended up homeless when he was incarcerated and his landlord threw out all of his belongings – including all of his clothes and identification. He has had a hard time finding a place and a job due to his criminal record. He has worked painting houses and driving a forklift – he really enjoys this kind of work. Mark came to Siloam Mission to get clothes, shoes and meals – he really feels like that are helping to get himself back on his feet. Mark has two kids who are living with a wonderful foster family. He is trying to get a job and get his kids back. He has fond memories of spending time with his kids and putting up their Christmas tree. If Mark could give a gift it would be a nice meal at Siloam and some socks/mitts – stuff to keep warm. He really believes in giving back to the community.

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John is originally from Swan River and moved to Winnipeg 15 years ago. He enjoys coming to Siloam Mission for coffee – he likes the people there and they help him keep out of trouble. John enjoys playing the guitar, art (painting) and doing bible studies. He especially enjoys carpentry and used to work in construction until he was injured. John finds it difficult because he is unable to see his step-daughter on a regular basis. At Siloam he really appreciates the art program, having a good meal, and help with staying sober. Christmas at Siloam is enjoyable – he was able to get a picture taken and the people are really friendly and great to talk to. He would give the gift of a radio to someone else at Siloam

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Doug has spent most of his life in Winnipeg working at jobs involving construction, home renovation, and production at a warehouse. He has found it difficult surviving on what he is able to make with today’s high cost of living. Thanks to friends and family who advised him to visit Siloam, he has been able to have some of his needs met. Having grown up in poverty as well with limited opportunities, he has no great memories of Christmas but does find joy in creating things with his hands, such arts and crafts.

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Sally was born and raised in Winnipeg but her family originally had their roots in Poplar River. Her disability has made employment impossible for her and so she relies on the services at Siloam to meet her basic needs. She enjoys getting outdoors for walks and hanging out with friends at Siloam. Her favorite Christmas memory is the time her mom gave her a singing dancing Christmas tree.

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Tami has lived most of her life in Winnipeg though she spent some time in Calgary. She worked with a company helping with the design and manufacturing of hydraulic systems for farming and mining equipment. She also did some work in shipping and receiving. After losing employment and her residence she came to Siloam for help. Current deteriorating health issues have made the process of regaining employment challenging indeed. She enjoys music and crafts such as beading and therapy coloring. Though she has no Christmas memories of her own she would love to make one for her friend by giving her a better walker.

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Sean has spent his whole life in Winnipeg investing in a variety of endeavors. He has manufactured pallets, driven a forklift, worked at a bank, volunteered at a hospital and is currently working towards obtaining his license to do long haul trucking. He came to Siloam seeking help in the midst of some personal and family issues. As he deals with these issues and struggles to save money for his courses, he finds joy in working with the MOST program, talking to others who are struggling, and being a part of regular Bible studies. Another source of happiness for him are the memories he is making with his daughter whom he would love to bless with a gift card so she can get something she really likes.

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Darrell is originally from Morris Manitoba but has resided in Winnipeg for most of his life. Siloam services have been a huge help to Darrell providing him with a place to stay, clothes to wear and regular meals to eat. They have also helped to keep him sober. In the past Darrell has worked in the roofing and construction industries, but he is currently in school completing grade 12. In the future Darrell would like to go to University and become a Social Worker. Darrell is happy about being a dad, and he enjoys going to school. His favourite holiday memories are of family dinners.

If Darrell could give someone at Siloam a gift it would be some good advice, a job or some warm clothes.

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Donald is originally from the Pas and when he describes the time he first came to Siloam as “the light in the horizon when I was in a sea of darkness.” He has been an iron worker and welder. His biggest challenge is his deteriorating health issues but he finds encouragement from his grandchildren. He fondly remembers Christmases of long ago with family and giving gifts with a smile. For him, the perfect Christmas gift for someone experiencing homelessness is to send them back home to their family

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David is from Berens River originally but has been here 17 years. He has worked as a social support worker but came to Siloam at a time when he was out of food and needed to come to the clothing room. His lack of financial security weighs heavily on him and contributes greatly to his challenges in life. Seeing his only sister and nephew makes him happy though and he holds dear memories of Christmas with his grandparents in the 80s. He would give a peer at Siloam a handmade star blanket for Christmas if he could.

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Larry originally came to Siloam after being laid off from work, lost his vehicle and really had no other place to go. He used to work as a mechanic in all sorts of trades...transport, refrigeration, auto-body. He also used to work in the gold mines. He quit smoking after 3 heart attacks and is very careful with his health. He finds joy in knowing his children are doing well in the lines of work they've chosen. He has many great memories of the holidays and would find out what others specifically needed when giving a gift to someone else at Siloam.

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Joy came to Winnipeg to be closer to her brother. Joy suffers from chronic health conditions but has enjoyed employment as a cashier in the past. She loves spending time with her brother, who is her priority, and her friends. If she could give a gift to someone who uses Siloam’s services she’d give warm clothing and wall hangings that bring happiness to all who see it. Her wish for this holiday season is to have a good turkey dinner with her brother.

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Dean moved to Winnipeg from southeastern Manitoba to attend Red River College. He was living at a hotel in downtown Winnipeg when his room was broken into and his things stolen. He went to Siloam mission for safety. Dean recently had a fall at his Job, cleaning at the stadium. He broke both of his wrists and will have surgery to repair the injury, which means his wrists will be in casts this Christmas. Seeing others succeed in getting jobs brings Dean great joy and while he finds not having a job frustrating, he looks forward to his wrists healing to be able to find full time work again. In the past he has also worked in construction, at a printing press and delivering newspapers. If he had the opportunity he would give other patrons of Siloam Mission a fully furnished apartment.

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Penny has lived in Winnipeg all her life. She started coming to Siloam mission as a way to help her to get back on her feet after a struggle with addiction. She has found the mission to be a warm, safe and trusting place where she is learning to believe in herself again. She has seen firsthand effects of addiction on her family members as she was exposed to drugs and alcohol as a child and would like something better for herself. She feels a lot of emotional pain and sadness having lost all of her family to drugs and alcohol. She has worked delivering flyers in the past. She loves getting to know and helping other people and spending time with the elderly. This is shown in her desire to give toiletry products to others who use the services of Siloam mission if she had the opportunity. Her message to everyone is to be strong and keep happy.

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Boojie moved to Winnipeg at the age of 19. She subsequently moved to Calgary for awhile, but after the death of one of her daughters she decided to move back. She has struggled with substance abuse over the past few years as a way to numb the pain. This led to her being homeless and using the services of Siloam Mission. 6 months ago with the help of the staff at the mission she was able to fight to give up her struggles with addiction and has been clean ever since. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and has been working hard to help her daughter fight her addiction as well. Her holiday memories are filled with cooking with her mom and dad and having family coming over after midnight on Christmas eve to share in a feast of moose and deer meat. Boojie has enjoyed various jobs in the past such as being a welfare administrator, cashier, waitress and a cook and has been having difficulty finding a job due to not having a place to live. She would like to send a message of love to all of those who use the services of the mission this holiday session.

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Myra used to work at a clothing store. She grew up happy and remembers one holiday when she got a super mario toy that she really liked. But financial struggles in her early 20s lead her to experience homelessness while living here in Winnipeg. Now a 30-something woman, she wishes she could buy one of her few friends a warm pair of socks. She struggles with severe loneliness: her parents are no longer in her life, and she has very few friends (and even fewer close friends). She finds the days more enjoyable when she spends time with the few friends she has, listening to music, and going for walks.
NOTE: These gifts say menswear, but they are for her.

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Garry is from Selkirk and has been in Winnipeg for four years now. Out of work and no place to stay, he has stayed in Siloam where he has gained some good friends. His previously worked as a roofer helper and crane operator. He has a goal of finding a full time job so that he can get back on his feet but he finds his age as his downfall. He fondly remembers his family especially his uncle dressing up as Santa during Christmas time. For him a gift of smile is what he wants to share to those who considers Siloam as home.

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  • Warm footwear, mens size 11

  • Warm winter coat (XL)

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  • Winnipeg Transit bus tickets/pass

Mark is originally from the US and moved to Winnipeg in 1966. He is skilled in carpentry work – and in fact has had over 88,000 hours of experience starting at the age of 15 in Florida. At one point he was an instructor in a community college and he has worked with Habitat for Humanity and he even built furniture for the Prime Minister’s house. Mark joked that when he bleeds, sawdust comes out. In 2008 Mark’s world fell apart when his youngest son was diagnosed with brain cancer. Mark quit his job to care for his son who has had 3 different tumours removed over the last seven years. The doctors gave his son 2 months to live – which was two years ago – and currently he is confined to a wheelchair. Mark lost his life savings during this difficult time. Currently Mark would love to find a job but has no drivers license or a vehicle.. Recently he also had pneumonia. Mark loves to get out and walk – his dream would be to be able to bring his son to a cancer research fundraising event such as the Dragon Boat races. The gifts he has requested are for his son.

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  • Small hoodie (for his son)

  • Walmart gift card

Sandra is originally from South America and has worked as a teacher at St. Amant Centre. Her greatest challenge at this time is her multiple sclerosis which has her confined to a wheelchair. It leads her to feeling sad and down but homecare staff and friends cheer her up. She loves to be around people and is called a good friend by many. Her favourite holiday memories are touring South America with her father when she was young. For Christmas, the best gift is the good company of others.

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  • Winter hat (Santa hat)

  • Folding chair so guests can sit and visit