Friendship is just one of the life enriching things patrons of Our Place / Chez Nous Drop In Centre can expect when they visit 676 Main Street, across from Thunderbird House.
Our Place / Chez Nous Drop-In Centre arose in 1987 when Sister Jane McDonald saw a need for people on Winnipeg’s skid row, Main Street, to have a safe, restful place.
From 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday homeless inner city people are given snacks, coffee and clothing. The centre also offers use of a phone, computers, games and crafts.
Our Place/Chez Nous, a registered charity, is operated entirely by volunteers and welcomes anyone wanting to lend a hand. Most donations come from Winnipeg Catholic churches, but anyone can make arrangements to donate cash, household goods, coffee, tea, toiletries, household goods and clothing by calling 204-956-1359 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides clothing, visitors can have a shower and respite from the harsh realities of life on the street.
The Joie de Vivre Choir and the O. Koshetz Choir will be performing a fundraising concert with all proceeds going to Our Place / Chez Nous, 7 p.m., Sun. Apr. 24 at St. John Brebeuf Church, 1707 St. John Brebeuf Place.
Choir Conductors are John Tanner, Coralie Bryant and Miroslava Paches respectively. Pianist is Lisa Rumpel with special guests Andrea Block (violin) and Brownwyn Garand-Sheridan (oboe).
Admission is $20 for adults, free for children 12 and under. For tickets to the Seeds of Friendship concert call Omer Dewandel at 204-261-8256 or John Tanner at 204-488-4076.