No One to Notify

The air was filled with excitement, as those guests who signed up for Beach Day confirmed the details. "What time should I be here?", "How many are going?" "What time does the bus leave?" "What are we having for lunch? were common questions. Anxiety leaked through for a few of our guests, wanting to know how their ID would be safe if they went in the water, or figuring out how they would get breakfast that morning since they usually go to a soup kitchen each day. Some things were easily solved. We would help keep wallets safe; we would serve juice and a muffin to ...

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Something to look forward to…..

Many of us fire up the BBQ when we get home from work. For a few months of the year we plan many of our meals around food we can successfully grill. It used to be people cooked outside because it didn't add to the heat of the house, but with so many having central air conditioning, it is now simply because we enjoy it. A BBQ is now a way of life in the summer, and many continue grilling throughout the winter. That is why is seems so odd that places like Oak Table make such a big deal about an annual BBQ and/or trip to the Beach. It is hard to imagine people getting ...

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As we lay down to sleep…..

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, cold) a Winnipeg resident died from exposure. As we climb into our warm bed in our warm home, our thoughts turn to this woman and the possible ramifications for other homeless people in our city. At Oak Table we see some of these people, and know that even for those who choose the street, some nights are simply too cold to survive. One of our regulars came in a couple of weeks ago and said he spent the night in ...

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Cash or stuff?

Lately I've watched some pretty pointed and even rude videos telling people to quit giving cans of food and socks to food banks -the message is clearly, "JUST GIVE CASH!" Small non-profits like the Oak Table generally receive 2 or 3 types of donations. 1) General donations, where it is left up to the judgement of the non-profit where and how to use the money 2) designated donations where money may be given for a specific reason with or without consultation with the nonprofit and 3) donations in kind. I've been asked many times why we continue to accept donations in kind ...

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Love it …or leave it

Christmas..... one simple word, yet it conjures up so much emotion as a response. For some it is a word that feels like a warm blanket wrapped around your body, representing family and friends; tender memories of Christmases past where love and safety, special treats and goodwill were in evidence. In many, Christmas evokes a feeling nostalgia where there is a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former time or place. All over the world people are trying to create a Christmas that is perfect. One only needs to tune into one of the many Christmas themed movies on ...

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