Helping the homeless in Winnipeg be re-using plastic bags

Volunteers are really making a difference in helping those who are in need. We are talking homeless people, poor, sick, disabled, children without parents…, the list is endless, so each volunteer, each day and each hour they give and provide the service, really helps those people and the cities to stay cleaner and a better place to live in.

Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud, the Executive director at 1JustCity talks about making new plastic bags out of old plastic bags to help out the homeless people in Winnipeg. Whitecloud explained that people without a home often carry all their belongings wherever they go, this means they often "carry everything on their back up 50kg.

1JustCity is no longer allowed to use these mats so the organization thought to make them into knitted Plarn bags. Plarn is a plastic yarn made out of plastic bags, this yarn is very earth friendly and keeps plastic bags out of landfills.

These bags will be distributed to people in need through Oak table, West Broadway Community Services and St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry.

An organization working to end homelessness in the city called for change Wednesday while releasing a report that showed in some ways.

The report compiled results of 406 interviews conducted between July and October of 2018 at emergency shelters and community agencies that serve people who are homeless.

Approximately 70 percent of the people interviewed were of Indigenous descent. Nearly half of them had spent time in child protection services. Reports of mental health concerns were also very high, with 65 percent of respondents reporting they had been diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime.

Participants also shared information about how they access food, income and health services, how much sleep they get, and many other details of their daily lives.

To read the full report and for more information please visit a link.

Winnipeggers volunteer every day in many areas and on all possible levels. Especially big impact if whole organization volunteers and join the movement. The Saul Sair Health Centre at Siloam Mission offers head-to-toe care to those who are experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg. They literally help people in need to stay on their feet, the foot clinic accepts up to 20 people each day.

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