an art exhibit & auction event to benefit Siloam Mission
On Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness and poverty are stark realities that many Winnipeggers face daily. An estimated 2,000 people are homeless in Winnipeg. According to the study, "Homelessness 'chronic' in Canada," done in June 2007, Canada's homeless population totals over 200,000 people and another 1.7 million Canadians struggle with "housing affordability issues."

Homelessness is not simply being without a home -it's being without many primary essentials.
-Siloam Mission

There are people among us who live in poverty and homelessness that we may not be aware of. We often see these individuals roaming the streets panhandling, wandering around, pushing carts or simply sitting on the sidewalks;  but there are those who are suffering in silence and had just lost their job; their family; their home and even their dignity. When poverty or even homelessness happens to a person, the challenge to get by becomes a daily struggle.

We can't simply turn away and be blind on what we really see -help has to be given so we can give them hope. 

People in need of the very basic necessities of life such as food, water, clothing, shelter and medical assistance come to Siloam Mission for help. Siloam Mission is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg's least fortunate. It offers programs and services to people who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. Siloam Mission provides hope to the homeless and advocates nationwide on their behalf.

Through this event Colours of Hope, we aim to create greater awareness on the issues of homelessness and poverty as well as the healing and therapeutic benefits of Siloam Mission's Expressive Arts Program-- a program that offers time for painting, drawing, writing and crafting. Apart from meeting the physical needs of its patrons, expressive arts can be very beneficial  as it ushers healing to the wounded soul.

This event aims to raise funds for Siloam Mission to ensure its continued operations to help the needy. This event is meant to bring hope to the city's homeless and poor, and give inspiration to

To learn more about homelessness and poverty in Winnipeg, please
click here.