... loving our westend neighbours
St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry has been serving the West Central area of inner city Winnipeg, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada, since 1972. In our programming, we attempt to balance meeting basic needs, enabling personal transformation, and working for social change.
Belonging is a core human need.
Simple gestures say, "you matter": a hearty welcome, accompanied by a sandwich, cup of coffee and friendly conversation. Our daily drop-in is a living room space, where the banter is like that of a family. At St. Matthews Maryland, we know your name. Trained care providers lend a listening ear and help with referrals. Sometimes just knowing that someone sincerely cares is enough to carry people to the next day. Through our Food Supplement Program (in partnership with Winnipeg Harvest) and our Emergency Food Cupboard we are able to provide some tangible relief, and our goal is to be gracious and respectful of people who come for the assistance.
Programs that give dignity.
A trip to the beach, access to Facebook, a friendly card game, a meal with friends: making these simple social activities available assists people to overcome social isolation. Our annual Christmas Store challenges the handout model by giving parents and their children the dignity of choosing gifts. Nutrition Bingo is fun, teaches about healthy food choices, and winners take home all the ingredients to make a healthy meal. With our Preschoolers program, parents get the assurances they need to do a good job raising their kids. Our Artist Circle is an affirming outlet for creative expression and development of talents. (Learn more about our Programs.)
A community makes this possible.
Responding to the gospel command to "love your neighbour as yourself", the people of the Anglican and United Churches sponsor this ministry. More than 60 volunteers, including many from the neighbourhood, are the equivalent of 5 full time staff people each year! Financial support from generous donors, is essential to keeping the door open.
Please consider becoming part of this loving community.
St. Matthews Maryland is a member agency of 1JustCity.