Feeding hope at the Plessis family resource center

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I first noticed the work of the Plessis Family Resource Center when a cheerful group of a few dozen children passed by my house early one morning. They were guided by several responsible adults and made their way to Bernie Wolfe School.

This “walking school bus” has since become a staple in the Mission Gardens community, guiding young children from the more than 100 homes on Plessis Road south of Kernaghan Avenue on the long walk to school.

Last month I visited the center in person to see how they are adjusting to the “new normal”. I met four of the resource center staff – Debra, Rick, Melissa and Erin – who volunteered their time to explain the work of the center, including the role the province plays in funding their work and l ‘operation of surrounding housing units. Each day, the center provides a nutritious on-the-go breakfast and a bagged lunch to many children living around the center. Many of those same kids join the walking school bus to get to Bernie Wolfe School.

The Plessis Family Resource Center was established in 2006 and is one of seven resource centers operated by Family Dynamics in Winnipeg. They operate a wide range of programs including community kitchens, family entertainment evenings, drop-ins, public access computers, used clothing depot, breakfast and lunch programs, counseling , youth programs, employment supports and the walking school bus. Check out their monthly community calendar on Instagram @plessisresourcecentre or at www.familydynamics.ca to get a feel for what this center does.

Their goal is to have independent people living in healthy families within a well-connected and supportive community. I believe these links need to extend well beyond the 100 Manitoba Housing units off Plessis and across Transcona and Mission Gardens.

If we work together, we can strengthen the fabric of our entire community by providing employment or childcare opportunities or by sharing a meal or making friends with the residents around the center.

One way to make these connections is to volunteer or donate to the center. I was happy to see a long list of churches, citizens and other Transcona organizations recognized on the center’s Wall of Fame as having donated their time or their money.

My family and I do both and I encourage you to do the same. They always need donations for their emergency wardrobes or for arts and crafts supplies. Cash donations are always welcome. Christmas baskets are also needed. Contact the center at 204-777-1215 or email [email protected] to learn more about how you can give, especially this Christmas time.

I first noticed the work of the Plessis Family Resource Center when a cheerful group of a few dozen children passed by my house early one morning. They were guided by several responsible adults and made their way to Bernie Wolfe School.

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MP James Teitsma visiting with Plessis Family Resource Center staff Erin, Rick and Debra.

This “walking school bus” has since become a staple in the Mission Gardens community, guiding young children from the more than 100 homes on Plessis Road south of Kernaghan Avenue on the long walk to school.

Last month I visited the center in person to see how they are adjusting to the “new normal”. I met four of the resource center staff – Debra, Rick, Melissa and Erin – who volunteered their time to explain the work of the center, including the role the province plays in funding their work and l ‘operation of surrounding housing units. Each day, the center provides a nutritious on-the-go breakfast and a bagged lunch to many children living around the center. Many of those same kids join the walking school bus to get to Bernie Wolfe School.

The Plessis Family Resource Center was established in 2006 and is one of seven resource centers operated by Family Dynamics in Winnipeg. They operate a wide range of programs including community kitchens, family entertainment evenings, drop-ins, public access computers, used clothing depot, breakfast and lunch programs, counseling , youth programs, employment supports and the walking school bus. Check out their monthly community calendar on Instagram @plessisresourcecentre or at www.familydynamics.ca to get a feel for what this center does.

Their goal is to have independent people living in healthy families within a well-connected and supportive community. I believe these links need to extend well beyond the 100 Manitoba Housing units off Plessis and across Transcona and Mission Gardens.

If we work together, we can strengthen the fabric of our entire community by providing employment or childcare opportunities or by sharing a meal or making friends with the residents around the center.

One way to make these connections is to volunteer or donate to the center. I was happy to see a long list of churches, citizens and other Transcona organizations recognized on the center’s Wall of Fame as having donated their time or their money.

My family and I do both and I encourage you to do the same. They always need donations for their emergency wardrobes or for arts and crafts supplies. Cash donations are always welcome. Christmas baskets are also needed. Contact the center at 204-777-1215 or email [email protected] to learn more about how you can give, especially this Christmas time.

James teitsma

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