Building programs that work in our community
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The Nutrition Project
The issue of hungry and undernourished children in our city is a matter that affects us all. Having to go without healthy, well-balanced meals creates barriers to learning and impedes the chance of future success for Winnipeg’s next generation of teachers, doctors, engineers, artists and skilled tradespersons.
To combat this, Mount Carmel Clinic launched The Nutrition Project at Anne Ross Day Nursery. This important program provides nutritious snacks and freshly-prepared hot lunches for the 48 inner city children who attend the daycare.
$125.00 Provides 1 child with a daily hot lunch for 3 months
$250.00 Provides 1 child with two daily nutritious snacks for 1 year
$500.00 Provides 1 child with a daily hot lunch for 1 year
$750.00 Provides 1 child with 2 daily snacks and a daily hot lunch for 1 year
Sage House Capital Project
Sage House is a safe harbour for street-involved women in Winnipeg’s North End. This standalone drop-in home gives vulnerable women a rare place to prepare a meal, do a load of laundry, access health services, speak confidentially with a counsellor or participate in group events within a non-judgmental circle of acceptance.
The Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation supported the retrofitting of Sage House in 2017, providing upgrades and services to meet the demands of the centre. Weappreciate all of the support we received in our journey to raise the $400,000 torenovate and revitalize the home of this very valuable service.
The Mothering Project Drop-In Centre Renovation
Mount Carmel Clinic identified a gap in services for substance-using pregnant women, and in response, developed a drop-in and outreach project called The Mothering Project. The underlying goal of the project is to keep babies in the care of their natural mothers in order to significantly reduce the number of CFS seizures and children placed in the foster care system. Through a team of social workers, outreach workers and nursing staff, the Project was able to find ways to build connections and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed services for moms-to-be, including:
- Obstetric support through prenatal care and delivery
- Food and nutrition classes
- Drug and alcohol supports/treatment
- Parenting and child development mentorship and resources
- Support in accessing housing, financial assistance, education and employment services
The Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation funded a new $2.2-million drop-in centre and licensed daycare for The Mothering Project at Mount Carmel Clinic. With the newly expanded and renovated space – which includes a kitchen for nutrition classes, group meals and celebrations, work and office spaces, additional storage, laundry and washroom facilities – The Mothering Project now has the capacity to more than double its intake of high-risk moms and babies, and to hold drop-in events on a more frequent and regular basis.
Anne Ross Day Nursery Grand Re-Opening
Every child deserves a safe, healthy and happy childhood. This is the guiding philosophy of the Anne Ross Day Nursery, a 48-space preschool program focused on providing education and care for young children from the North End and Point Douglas communities. Services are designed to meet the needs of children ages 2-6 and their families with extra supports and assistance as required.
The Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation provided funding to modernize and renovate the daycare’s well-used facility, making it barrier-free and fully accessible. Highlights of the $900,000 project include:
- Removing all physical barriers to mobility throughout the facility, including the installation of accessible washroom facilities
- Installing of a lift in the lower-level gymnasium, enabling children with mobility challenges to partake in motor skill development and physical therapies
- Facilitating opportunities for children with limited mobility to play and interact with children who do not experience physical challenges
- Increasing the number of licensed daycare spaces from 40 to 48
- Upgrading the kitchen to commercial status for the hot lunch program
CIBC Bank Building Retrofitting
After the neighbouring CIBC bank branch gifted its former building to Mount Carmel Clinic, the Foundation took on a capital campaign to upgrade and expand the Clinic’s facilities. A $1.3-million retrofit of the bank building freed up much needed space for primary health care in the Clinic’s main building. Today, the facility at 888 Main Street houses administrative offices and social services and is an active drop-in centre for members of the community with computer and internet access.