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On April 24 it was my privilege to present a Private Member’s Resolution in the legislature to honour the decades of great work done by Habitat for Humanity in Manitoba.
I was pleased that this resolution received unanimous support from all members of the legislature, crossing party lines. Habitat’s staff, volunteers, and homeowners were present in the gallery to see the resolution passed.
Habitat for Humanity has operated in Manitoba ever since the first home was built in Winkler in 1985. Since then 300 homes — engaging 2,000 volunteers — have been built. These homes offer a hand up to many families who otherwise may never have had the chance to experience the benefits of home ownership. Habitat is active in over 15 communities in Manitoba, creating more than 40 jobs every year and helping place families in a position where they can thrive.
Families who have been chosen must be motivated and contribute 350 hours of volunteer time on their Habitat build, which allows them the opportunity to gain self-esteem, a sense of pride, and security for their children.
The work of Habitat is a key example of what can happen when businesses, government, community groups, and volunteers join together through a unique partnership to support families who might never had the opportunity to own their own home.
We have a proud history in Manitoba of caring for and supporting those who need a hand up. The work of Habitat for Humanity shows us that by joining together we can empower people to break the cycle of poverty. You can show your support for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba (www.habitat.mb.ca) by volunteering, attending fundraising events, or donating to this worthy cause.
If you know of another organization or someone else who is doing good work in our community, I would love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
River East constituency report
Bonnie Mitchelson is the Progressive Conservative MLA for River East.