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Foundation supports shelter-related charities
Feb 18, 2011
REALTORS® in Manitoba are understandably proud to support the Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation. In fact, a fund raiser is being held next month in Winnipeg with all the proceeds going to the foundation.
by Jill McKenzie
Granted registered charitable status in 2007, the Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation has made remarkable progress in its short existence. We’re  proud to say that over $161,000 has been raised since its inception, and in October of 2010, the foundation granted $45,000 to four Manitoba-based shelter-related charities. 
The worthy recipients of the 2010 shelter foundation grants are as follows:
Esther House Inc.
Esther House Inc. is a non-profit, community-based facility that provides shelter and support to women in second-stage recovery from addiction. It is the only non-co-ed place that exists where women can stay for a period of up to 12 months while making the transition back into society. 
Esther House is a safe house that provides the infrastructure necessary for women to heal and gain confidence and self-esteem to continue their journey of life in recovery.
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC) Inc. is a non-profit, non-government agency which provides resettlement services to government-sponsored, privately-sponsored and refugee claimants. MIIC promotes and supports the protection and resettlement of refugees and offers a range of services that welcomes and assists refugee newcomers in their settlement and integration into Canadian society. 
MICC strives to enable independence and full participation of these newcomers in our community.
Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg
Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg was incorporated in 1987 with its first office in the basement of a church on Church Street. They have built more than 160 homes since that time, with the Jimmy Carter build in 1993 producing 19 homes, the largest number in any single year. 
Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg’s mission: by mobilizing volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity® Winnipeg works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families.
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults
and Families

Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. Their services fall under three categories: counselling, assessment, support and prevention programs; training and education programs; and residential and support programs. They strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. 
A wide range of services are provided encompassing many areas that can affect people’s lives. New Directions provides support as people take steps to improve their lives — and through them, the lives of others in the community.
The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that raises money through organized events, projects and donations from individuals and corporations and, in turn, distributes these funds to shelter-related charities in Manitoba.
If you would like to learn more about, or contribute to the MREA Shelter Foundation, visit www.mreashelterfoundation.com or contact Jill McKenzie at the Manitoba Real Estate Association office at (204) 772-0405 or e-mail jmckenzie@mrea.mb.ca