Like That is a program which provides a space where people exploring gender and/or sexual identity can gather at Sunshine House for fun, skills building and recreation.
We use “like that” as a colloquial term that is clear without having to check specific boxes. It is queer without having to be explicit and it avoids the typical identifiers that may be laced with histories of oppression and homophobia. “I am ‘like that’. That’s the way it is.”
Like That is designed with the hope that people who might not have a place to explore identity issues might come to see the program’s space and the time as *theirs*, and through their participation, transform Like That into a dynamic resource where people can grow.
Want to participate? We decided to go for it, so Like That will take place EVERY Monday, from 6:30-8:30pm (increased from every second Monday!). Stop by Sunshine House at 646 Logan Ave (at Sherbrook) and come as you are!
Have questions, or need further info? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 204-783-8565. Your information will be kept in confidence.
Click here to check out our cool poster! Print and post where you like 😛
Like That is supported by a grant from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, as well as a generous donation from QPOC-Winnipeg!
Automotivate is a project that engages homeless and street-involved adults in a social enterprise initiative to restore and sell vehicles. Sunshine House has received two donated vehicles which require restoration. Working with a program coordinator and certified mechanic, Automotivate participants will repair these vehicles, have them safetied, and then sell them. The profit from the sale of these vehicles will then be re-invested in the program so that more vehicles can be procured and restored. As a result of participation in this program, participants will gain skills in practical automotive assessment and repair, along with increased confidence in their capacity to undertake complex work. We are thrilled to announce that funding for this project has been committed by LITE!
Stay up-to-date with Automotivate!
Follow the Automotivate blog, written by program coordinator JD Ormond, with fantastic photos from Winnipeg photographer Chris Friesen!
Street Feet is a new foot health program offered during Wednesday drop-in hours at Sunshine House. The program provides much-needed foot care to street-involved folks, who have the hardest working feet in town! Foot health services are provided by a Registered Nurse, and the program is supported with assistance from Mount Carmel Clinic.
Street Feet runs most Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00pm, so please call ahead to make sure we can fit you in!
Sunday Brunch & Clothing Giveaway
We provide a delicious Sunday brunch for $2 (kids under 12 are free)! Served from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Sunshine House staff prepare nutritious and delicious breakfast fare such as whole grain pancakes, eggs, and smoothies. Come join us for some great eats and good people!
We also give away free, gently used clothing each week, which is provided by Wolseley Wardrobe. Thanks to Wolseley Wardrobe for your contribution!
Sunday Brunch can be sponsored for only $100, and feeds up to 40 people! If you are interested in supporting our brunch service, which is a core program at Sunshine House, please contact us to find out how you can donate. A tax receipt may be provided, and your name will be added to our website’s Brunch Donor Wall.
Solvent Users’ Recreation Project (SURP)
In November 2012, Sunshine House partnered with Mount Carmel Clinic to pilot an 10-month recreation program created exclusively for the solvent using community. The goal was to enhance participant’s quality of life, while seeking to improve participants’ gross motor function, physical activity, and expand formal and informal social supports.
SURP Overview Booklet; read about the project and course modules:
Click here to view. [PDF, 15 pgs; 5.47 MB]
SURP Overview 1-Pager:
Click here to view. [PDF, 2 pgs; 5.26 MB]
The full SURP evaluation report is now available for review:
Click here to view. [PDF, 19 pgs; 1.01 MB]
SURP Evaluation Fact Sheet 1-Pager:
Click here to view. [PDF, 1 pg; 0.45 MB]
This program was generously funded by Mount Carmel Clinic and Neighbourhoods Alive.
Lit Up is an initiative that aims to create literacy-based programming for street-involved individuals. A three month pilot program, funded by a Major Outstanding Outreach Award from the University of Manitoba, and support from Dr. John Wylie (Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba) and Dr. David Mandzuk (Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba), Lit Up has the goal to “to provide a program for people to engage with various forms of communication.” We look forward to seeing how the pilot unfolds, and how the Lit Up program can respond to the literacy needs, abilities, and interests of the participant population.
We also acknowledge the support of Hunter & Gunn whose generous donation funded the “World Café”; a conversation about literacy and communication that Sunshine House hosted with potential Lit Up participants in September, 2013. The results of the World Café have been very valuable in guiding Lit Up program development.