Oak Table Volunteers win Mayor’s Award!

 Today Oak Table Volunteers were awarded the Mayor's Award for Volunteerism! What Mayor Brian Bowman had to say, "Volunteers are key to a strong community. Their generosity in providing time, talents, skills, and goodwill not only helps build a stronger City, but also makes Winnipeg a p lace we can all be proud to call home. I'm honoured to celebrate citizens who make our better through volunteerism." What we have to say, "We are so proud of, and grateful for, the work our volunteers do . . . together they provide a community of compassion and hope for our guests! ...

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There is still time!

Still thinking of donating before year end? Oak Table is open December 27th and 28th if you would like to drop by, we have the ability to take credit cards, debit, cash and cheques on site. If you make sure it is dated and postmarked by December 31st, you can also mail your cheque in to: Oak Table Inc., 109 Pulford Street, Winnipeg, MB., R3L 1X8. If you prefer, hit the Donate button above which will guide you to CanadaHelps where you can make your donation online.If you wish, you can make a donation in memory of someone important to you or in honour of an ...

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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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