Ribbon Is Cut On The Salvation Army Centre Of Hope

Special Guests pose for a photo after cutting the ribbon. From left to right: MLA James Teitsma, Majors Rodney and Paulette Bungay, City Councillor Markus Chambers and Vivian Santos (Acting Deputy Mayor), Commissioner and Territorial Commander Susan McMillan, Majors Shawn and Brenda Critch, The Winnipeg Foundation's Megan Tate. Photo Credit: Blair Malazdrewich
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After 4 years and $14 million, The Salvation Army Winnipeg Booth Centre has taken on a new name: The Salvation Army Centre of Hope. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 16th, 2019.

Special Guests pose for a photo after cutting the ribbon. From left to right: MLA James Teitsma, Majors Rodney and Paulette Bungay, City Councillor Markus Chambers and Vivian Santos (Acting Deputy Mayor), Commissioner and Territorial Commander Susan McMillan, Majors Shawn and Brenda Critch, The Winnipeg Foundation's Megan Tate. Photo Credit: Blair Malazdrewich

Special Guests pose for a photo after cutting the ribbon. From left to right: MLA James Teitsma, Majors Rodney and Paulette Bungay, City Councillor Markus Chambers and Vivian Santos (Acting Deputy Mayor), Commissioner and Territorial Commander Susan McMillan, Majors Shawn and Brenda Critch, The Winnipeg Foundation’s Megan Tate. Photo Credit: Blair Malazdrewich

The event was open to the public and featured distinguished guests, speakers and The Salvation Army Band. Commissioner Susan McMillan had the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Mobile Canteens fed nearly 1,500 people in attendance.  Pulled pork on a bun, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and cake were served, all possible thanks to generous donations from Manitoba Pork, Northern Meats, Siloam Mission and Portage la Prairie McCain’s.

The newly renovated facility now features an upgraded and relocated security entryway and a front desk command centre to help maintain safety for everyone. The kitchen is fully upgraded and modernized to make foodservice easier and more efficient. To help make the building more environmentally friendly, secure and safe, new windows were installed throughout as well as any repairs that were needed due to general wear and tear and age of the building.

“We have a variety of clientele that make use of this building and we want to try and make it a safe place and practical place for everyone.”

– Major Gordon Taylor, Executive Director, The Salvation Army Centre of Hope

The upgrades and repairs were vital to help us best serve the citizens of Winnipeg, who come to The Salvation Army Centre of Hope. The Centre has the capability of providing 400 beds.  They are separated into the following allotments: Anchorage Program: 35 single rooms, Community Residential Facility (CRF): 20 single rooms, Emergency Shelter: 45 beds, Transitional Housing: 164 single rooms, Asylum Seekers: 40 beds, Safe Haven: 18 Rooms, Family Shelter: 58 beds, and  Extreme Weather Overflow: 20 beds.

Renovations to a facility of this size would be impossible without the help of such generous supporters as The Winnipeg Foundation, the Thomas Sill Foundation, The Paterson Foundation, The Pollard Foundation, Manitoba Real Estate Shelter Foundation, the CMHC (Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation), private donators and municipal, provincial and federal governments.

The Salvation Army Prairie Division is thankful for everything the community does to help make lives better for those in need. Thank you.

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