The Winnipeg Outreach Network (WON) is launching a new and much-needed resource for street-involved youth and adults entitled  The Winnipeg Street Guide.Winnipeg Outreach Network logo

The Winnipeg Street Guide, which was developed with input from youth that the guide is meant to support, is being distributed through WON services providers and support agencies. It includes a map of WON member agencies and contact information. It is a one-stop information resource for providers, street-involved people, and those who need to access the resources. Many of those who need to access the guide experience numerous barriers including irregular access to computers and/or phones. The 18 WON service providers will distribute copies of the guide and make it available online.

“I’m very proud of RaY’s outreach team and WON,” said Kelly Holmes, Executive Director of Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY). “Street outreach is an important and necessary component in the community and tools like the street guide are essential to the well-being and safety of people on the street. Community collaboration is critical to combatting homelessness and all the dangers associated with street life. Congratulations to all involved.”

Scott McNicol and Tammie Kolbuck from RaY’s Street Outreach team show off the new street guide they are using to help Winnipeg’s most vulnerable people.

WON would like to acknowledge the youth of RaY, Ndinawe, and West End 24/7 for their valuable input into the guide and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg for confirming resource information. WON also acknowledges it’s funders, The Winnipeg Foundation and Manitoba Advocate for Children & Youth, as well as member organizations for their leadership in developing the Winnipeg Street Guide: ANCR; Booth Centre; Canadian Centre for Child Protection; Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Alliance; End Homelessness Winnipeg; Gang Action Interagency Network; Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre; Macdonald Youth Services; Ndinawe; North End Women’s Centre; Counter Exploitation Unit and Missing Persons Unit at the Winnipeg Police Service; RaY; Salvation Army; Sage House; Social Planning Council of Winnipeg; Spence Neighbourhood Association; VOICES; Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; and West End 24/7.

Read the full Media Release here.

You can get a printable copy of the guide here.

About Winnipeg Outreach Network (WON):
The Winnipeg Outreach Network is comprised of local, provincial, and national organizations that have a connection to and provide support to children, youth, adults, and families. Our members also provide services to vulnerable populations, exploited persons, and at-risk/marginalized populations. Our grassroots collaborative has lived experience. The network was initially established in 2006.