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What is a family resource centre?

Family resource centres are safe, neighbourhood places where families can get started on the path to better lives.

Welcoming places of safety and support, family resource centres offer basic needs—access to a phone, washing machine, healthy food—for families who need help.

People connect and build genuine relationships. They attend strength-based programs that help their family. They grow through programs like early childhood education, wellness programs, youth activities, literacy programs, and employment support. They develop a sense of belonging and capability that lifts them and the community to a better place.

Family resource centres offer basic services like phone, internet and laundry facilities.

Basic Needs

People in low-income situations can find access to a phone, internet, and laundry, along with food and clothing banks.

Family resource centres help people find a place in their community while offering services like job banks, food and clothing closets, and counselling.

Connection

Once people are comfortable in a safe, welcoming space, they discover the array of supports offered, from classes to counselling.

Family resource centres offer parenting programs, counselling, preschool, and kid's programming.

Learning

From early childhood education to parenting classes, the centres offer resources to help families succeed.

Family resource centres help people find a place in their community while offering services like job banks, food and clothing closets, and counselling.

Earning

Whether it’s job searching, pre-employment skills or free workplace-suitable clothing, families have help working their way out of poverty.

Supporting United Way Winnipeg makes a real difference in our community

For Every Family

The For Every Family is a special initiative that enhances the preventative, family-centred help offered by family resource centres.

Through this initiative, we can help more families stay together, more children start school ready to learn, and more families living in poverty find opportunities to thrive.

Let's make sure all Winnipeg kids are ready for kindergarten.

School readiness

Making sure kids are ready for school when they start kindergarten.

Helping families earn their way out of poverty.

Family income

Putting more money in the hands of families through job readiness, and access to income-boosting benefits like GST rebates, Universal Child Benefits, and Canada Learning Bonds.

Family-centred support can help prevent children going into care.

Preventing children from entering care

Prevention & family reunification so more children grow up with their relatives.

How are we making sure family resource centres can help even more people?

  • Efficiency: a formal network

    Connecting our 24 family resource centres so they meet as a network to share effective practices, knowledge, and resources; and developing a common evaluation framework.

  • Access: increased hours

    Keeping the doors open longer so more Winnipeggers can find help when they need it.

  • Services: enhanced programs

    Extending the programs and services offered so more people can find help close to home.

Government of Manitoba Support

The Government of Manitoba recognizes the impact of family resource centres in our community. Donations raised by vision philanthropists will be matched by the Government of Manitoba, up to $7.5 million over six years ending March 31, 2022.

For Every Family Donors

For Every Family is a partnership between The Winnipeg Foundation, United Way Winnipeg, the Government of Manitoba, The Asper Foundation, The Moffat Family Foundation, other foundations and private donors.

United Way Winnipeg’s donor-supported family resource centres

Andrews Street Family Centre

Drop-in centre, laundry and computer for job search, respite daycare, Indigenous preschool program, classes for parents and kids,  and volunteer program for residents.

Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute

Job referral, English conversation groups, sharing circle, Moms’ and Tots’ program, sewing classes and a community pantry for newcomer women.

Elmwood Family Resource Centre

Employment programs, literacy training, community safety initiatives, family supports, youth programs and community events.

Family Dynamics

Counselling, community kitchen and cupboard, home visits and opportunities to socialize and connect with neighbours at six centres around Winnipeg.

Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre

Supports and services for women and children including counselling, information and referrals, workshops and outreach programs.

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Culturally relevant prevention and support programs and services for Indigenous families including training and volunteer opportunities and asset-building and money-management programs at three centres.

Marlene Street Resource Centre

Clothing depot, lending library, computer, fax, photocopier and telephone access, a tenant council, community kitchen and workshops. Kids program offers a homework club, cooking group, teen group, arts and crafts and computer camps.

North End Women’s Centre

Individual and group counselling, basic needs assistance, pre-employment programming, health and wellness and addictions recovery, help for exploited & trafficked women leaving the sex trade.

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

Advocacy services, parenting groups, information on housing and employment, resume assistance, computers and internet access, as well as laundry facilities.

NorWest Co-Op Community Health

Healthcare coorperative with three resource centres that provide basic needs, outreach services, counselling and primary healthcare and community computers, telephone and fax services.

Thrive Community Support Circle

Respite childcare, emergency food and baby supplies, parenting classes, individual and group therapy and a thrift shop that operates a volunteer job skills training program.

South Winnipeg Family Information Centre

Clothing Closet for women in job training programs or escaping an abusive situation, parenting programs and workshops, student study skills and babysitter training.

West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Volunteer programs, child play area, clothing exchange, educational and health information sessions and a community cupboard.

Winnipeg Central Park Women’s Resource Centre

Drop-in, peer-support, childminding, mentorship, settlement services and Indigenous programming.

Wolseley Family Place

Respite childcare, clothing depot, parenting and child development classes, Food Connections program and employment training through catering social enterprise.

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