How Drop-In Centres in Winnipeg are Working Together to Support Families

And how flexible funding has been key to their success

Why It Matters

Cities throughout Canada face pressure to meet the needs of families with low income, who lack resources for food security, education, and mental well-being — and this pressure will only continue to grow post-COVID-19. United Way Winnipeg’s partnership with the Government of Manitoba is an example of flexible funding that’s fostering innovation in family support. This is our fourth story in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada.

Gail MacLure found herself sitting on the floor of her kitchen, crying, wondering: “Why am I here?” she says. “I was at the end of everything. I was lost.” 

MacLure has struggled with depression since childhood, although she didn’t know it at the time. She confided in a friend who suggested counselling at Winnipeg’s North End Women’s Centre. MacLure was nervous because of her experiences in the adoptive system and foster care as a child and she struggled with authority figures like counsellors. Her friend was insistent, taking her to the women’s centre and sitting in on her first session.

After two years of consistent counselling, MacLure says she is in a “completely different space,” although she continues to battle depression. Having also experienced homelessness, she went through the centre’s housing program before moving into subsidiz

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