"I like it here, they look out for me, they know me. This is my family"
1JustCity is an organization founded by four member charities
- Oak Table
-St Matthews Maryland
- West Broadway Community Services
Who work together with volunteers like you, toward a city where all are cared for, all have enough to eat, a place they belong and feel loved. From January to March every year, thanks to generous Winnipeggers like you, we also provide an emergency warming centre called Just a Warm Sleep.
As we increase the impact and efficiency of our member charities two of them have joined our administrative structure - St Matthews Maryland Community Ministry our site in the West End and North End Stella who's work is carried forward in our Indigenous Cultural Programming.
People come through our doors to eat, to get a haircut, to have a shower, to get clean socks and undergarments.
They come to get what they don’t have the money to buy. They come here when they’re down on their luck or lonely.
They come here for human connection.
1JustCity actively loves the underloved.
We are where people come, to belong, to be accepted, to get a hug and experience love and to gain the means to build a better life. Because of you people are supported to build up themselves so they can in turn build up their communities.
1JustCity’s work supports over 700 individuals weekly and is focused on four pillars;
1- loving the underloved
2- working toward reconciliation
3- growing individual capacity
4- building inclusive communities
1JustCity supports outreach sites in Winnipeg; West Broadway, the West End and Osborne Village. Our services include meal programs, emergency food, haircuts, showers, laundry, toiletries, and clean undergarments.
“When you have wet socks, in a Winnipeg Winter, dry socks are a big change.”
Individuals living on the streets receiving your love through socks!
We also have community-based advocacy services and compassionate listeners whose role it is to connect people with the appropriate resources based on their circumstance.
“I can’t read, so I didn’t realize what my landlord was trying to get me to agree to. I can’t afford food never mind a lawyer type, coming here, someone read it with me and they didn’t look down on me because I couldn’t do it myself”
Across our four sites we have over 40 programs – whether it’s literacy, art, or music – all oriented towards people creating an identity for themselves that is not rooted in poverty. For too many, poverty is all they see in themselves and, for too many others, their traumas and barriers get in the way of seeing themselves as having worth.
“I never thought of my self as anything but a poor person. When I started in the art program, and I created things that were beautiful… it shocked me that I could do that. I guess there’s something beautiful in me too… “