Our weather over the next while is expected to be "normal" for a Winnipeg winter. In other words, cold. During a December cold snap (translated as cold, cold, ...
Oak Table Art Volunteers showed me how I could express myself through art. I never saw myself as artist before coming here, but now I do. I couldn’t afford to buy the art supplies so it’s nice to have a place where I don’t have to worry about how I can afford it. The supplies are here for us to use.
I was very lonely. I sat in my apartment all day with no one to talk to. My friend told me about Oak Table, and I’ve been coming here for seven years.
I’m not just a number here. People know my name and are interested in me. I don’t need to get out as soon as I eat. I can stay and visit with my friends.
Oak Table is somewhere I come to get nourishment, and not just the kind you get from food. I get my nourishment from talking to all my friends, and by making new friends. This is a place where I feel safe and everyone is very well behaved.
I depend on Oak Table to get my hair cut and for shampoo and razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes. I know I can get a clean pair of socks here when I need one, and even some underwear. These are things I can’t afford to buy and if I had to, I would need to do without food.
I come to Oak Table because people know my name. I can talk to them,
and I feel safe here. The food is good and the volunteers are kind and
smile and make me feel welcome.
Hours of Operation
Lunch Served Monday to Thursday
12:30 to 2:15 pm
2:15 to 3:00 pm
109 Pulford Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - LUMOSITY (a computer based program to increase memory, reaction time, decision making.
Wednesdays: ART DAY
Thursday - Cree Elder available
As an expression of God’s love and concern for all people, we provide hospitality, pastoral care, support, health promotion and social development activities, referral and advocacy within a safe, respectful environment.
• To welcome with respect all those who enter;
• To maintain a safe and welcoming place;
• To offer coffee, a snack and conversation, and;
• To provide information about agencies where further help is provided.
• To offer health and wellness promotion activities and information;
• To provide skills development opportunities for community members;
• To build community capacity for self-advocacy and development through activities which promote self-esteem and self-reliance;
• To provide culturally sensitive and appropriate support to persons with mental health and addictions concerns;
• To strengthen and build on relationships with community groups and local businesses, and develop partnerships to address common community goals and concerns;
• To break down barriers of race, class, and culture, which divide people and lead to prejudice and discrimination; and
• To be attentive to persons with mental or physical illness, mental or physical challenges and addictions.