The drop-in is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:30 to 4:00, providing a safe, comfortable and accepting “home away from home”. We welcome people who otherwise would be lonely and hungry. The rules in the drop-in are simple: act with respect and be courteous and polite.
Belonging is a core human need. Being loved and accepted, warts and all, is essential to living a full and healthy life.
Guests are greeted with a sincere welcome, accompanied by a sandwich, cup of coffee and friendly conversation. Sometimes there are special treats: fruit, cookies, ice cream. The atmosphere is like a living room space, where the banter is like that of a family. Trained care providers lend a listening ear and help with referrals. Newspapers, cards and board games are available.
The drop-in is hosted by volunteers, both from the neighbourhood and from across the city, many from one of our partner congregations. Each Tuesday and Thursday, and the last friday of the month, one of our partner congregations bring the sandwiches.
The Emergency Food Cupboard is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The emergency kit is enough food for one meal. Small toiletries and personal hygiene items are also available. A Manitoba Health card, or an alternative piece of identification, is required to receive a kit. Emergency Food is only available once every two weeks. People in need of food are encouraged to register with Winnipeg Harvest, and to get a walk-in number at the Food Supplement Program. The Food Cupboard is generously stocked by donations from congregations.
Social Isolation a Determinant of Health
In Canada, Aboriginal Canadians, Canadians of colour, recent immigrants, women, and people with disabilities, including mental illness, are especially likely to experience social exclusion. Exclusion from social production, a lack of opportunity to participate and contribute to social and cultural activities is one form of social exclusion. People who experience social exclusion are more likely to also experience poor health and a shorter life expectancy. The isolation that accompanies social exclusion contributes to increased health problems, including depression and addictions, which can be contributing factors in violence and abuse.
The Drop-in normalizes life for people
Our Drop-in, and the activities that surround it, provide a place where disadvantaged and marginalized people can participate in the normal social activities available to most Canadians. This program contributes directly to improving the health outcomes of those who participate.