2019 Needs Met

A sampling of urgent needs met by Faith Church / Operation Share in 2019:

  • paid for the installation of a wheelchair ramp for a widow with severe mobility issues
  • helped fix / paint garage for an elderly man in the inner city whose old garage was violating city bylaws / code
  • purchased car seat, stroller, high chair, etc for recently immigrated family with new born baby
  • paid camp fees for a teenage girl to attend a summer Bible camp
  • paid outstanding rent for a couple who had recently become unemployed; paid moving costs for same couple to find work out of province
  • assisted with housing (paid damage deposit) for a single woman who had recently left a woman's shelter in Winnipeg; also provided funds to help set up her new suite
  • paid outstanding Manitoba Hydro bill for couple who had experienced employment changes
  • assisted with various requests for food, prayer, baby supplies, etc. Bibles and other materials distributed where desired.

2018 Needs Met

A sampling of urgent needs met by Faith Church / Operation Share in 2018:

  • paid moving charges for a disabled couple so that they could obtain more affordable housing  
  • paid for a portion of funeral expenses for a senior citizen in the inner city
  • purchased a new stroller, car seat, crib mattress, etc., for a recent immigrant to Winnipeg who was expecting her first child
  • paid moving charges for a disabled individual so that they could rent a wheelchair accessible suite
  • paid the entrance / intake fees for a young man to enter the Winnipeg Adult & Teen Challenge substance abuse recovery program
  • replaced the roof (shingles, etc) and made other minor household repairs for a disabled, widowed senior in the north end

2016 Needs Met

A sampling of urgent needs met by Operation Share in 2016:

  • Found suitable housing for an elderly man who was living in an unhealthy living arrangement in the inner city. Paid for his first month’s rent and damage deposit. Bought him a new bed, plus other items for his apartment.
  • Helped fix a bathroom that was in a state of disrepair. Dealt with the mold on the ceiling and replaced the toilet and flooring.
  • Replaced a dilapidated set of back steps for a family whose mother has mobility issues
  • Repaired a kitchen ceiling and living room ceiling that was coming apart in a 100-year old home in the inner city; the home-owner had little funds or expertise to conduct this work
  • Covered the costs of a fence repair/replacement for a family whose fence had been destroyed by a drunk driver
  • Paid the registration costs for a young man to enter Adult & Teen Challenge Recovery Program
  • Provided new or gently used household items to individuals and families in need. Items include: multiple mattresses  &  boxsprings; walker; play pen; crib; dishes; etc.

2017 Needs Met

A sampling of urgent needs met by Operation Share in 2017:

  • fixed (dry walled, taped and painted) a fallen kitchen ceiling for a disabled senior citizen on limited income
  • paid a portion of hotel costs for a couple that was stranded in Winnipeg due to their car breaking down
  • supplied and installed a new washing machine as well as cold and hot water shut offs for a single woman on limited income
  • paid Permanent Resident card application fees for a senior citizen, as well as assisted with the paperwork
  • covered extensive car repair expenses so that owner could return to work as a reliable vehicle was required for the job
  • purchased new mattress, box spring, bedframes and bedsheets for disabled woman on limited income
  • moved several needy individuals out of undesirable living situations into better accommodations
  • paid for a portion of the funeral expenses for a senior citizen who passed away, having no family or next of kin in the province

Heather's Story

*for privacy reasons, name has been changed

Heather’s time had run out. An elderly widow, she had recently sold her house in Winnipeg and the buyer had already begun to move in and renovate the house as the possession date had passed. The problem was, she had not yet completely moved out as she was physically unable to keep packing. Now who could she get to help pack her things? She knew of no relative or young person who could volunteer for such a physically and time demanding task. To pay for such a service was also out of the question. While pondering what to do in a local restaurant her eyes fixed upon a newspaper article describing the role of Operation Share in meeting urgent needs in the community. Feeling desperate she phoned Operation Share and asked for help. “Yes“, she was told, Operation Share would provide her with about half a dozen volunteers to assist her in completing her move. As a result, the remaining items in Heather’s house and garage were cleaned out in a timely fashion. Not only did Operation Share move Heather for free, in addition, Heather was provided with a charitable tax receipt in exchange for some household items she could no longer use and was willing to donate to Operation Share. The relief in Heather’s voice and face was readily apparent as she graciously thanked the volunteers from Operation Share for their timely service.

 

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