Growing a financial community in Winnipeg’s North End

By Jason Halstead on December 21, 2018 Determination, hard work and partnerships have contributed to the revival of a neighbourhood that is steeped in history and pride. Assiniboine Credit Union’s North End branch at 360 McGregor Street opened nearly seven years ago in January 2012. At that time, mainstream banks had all but abandoned the neighbourhood — leaving fringe financial services like cheque-cashing and payday loan outlets as the only options for many. In the lead-up to the opening, ACU, along with the North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC), SEED Winnipeg and other organizations, set up the Community Financial Access Centre to better understand the neighbourhood’s needs. Citizens’ Bridge, which is part of NECRC, helps people acquire birth certificates so they can open accounts. “We work closely with ACU,” said Eva-Marie Stewart of Citizens’ Bridge. “When people are finding employment, many employers won’t take them on if they don’t have a bank account.” “We’ve worked with people up to two years trying to acquire birth certificates through Vital Statistics,” Stewart said. “Accessing a bank account is magical for some people. Some go decades without one and live with all the hardship that goes with that.” Read the full story here: Growing a financial community in Winnipeg’s North...

LITE Holiday Hamper creates employment opportunities in Winnipeg

December 20, 2018 4:21 pm By Eva Kovacs Community Producer  Global News A Winnipeg program that blends community volunteers with paid helpers to build and deliver holiday hampers, gives those involved lasting benefits. The Winnipeg hamper program supported by Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) has a little twist. Eight people, including Brian Helgason, were hired to make 300 hampers through the North End Community Renewal Corporation.   Read the full story here:...

$1.35 Million Raised through Major Donors

WINNIPEG, MB – – The North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC) in partnership with Merchants Inc. will celebrate and recognize its major donors who have contributed over $1.35 million dollars to the development of Merchants Corner. On Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 607 Selkirk Ave, Winnipeg MB – 11:00 AM, six (6) major donors will be announced and celebrated for their vision and support. “The issues that confront our inner city are legendary and the Merchants Hotel was one of the most egregious examples. This redevelopment undertaken and supported by many is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished if we have a common focus and purpose” Mr. Michael Nesbitt “The Winnipeg Foundation was able to play a role in the redevelopment of Merchants Corner thanks to our donors who support great ideas, dedicated people and solid partnerships. This grant was made by the Moffat Family Fund, an endowment that has had huge impact on Winnipeg. Merchants Corner demonstrates the strength, vision and commitment of people in this neighbourhood and it’s inspiring to our entire city,” said Winnipeg Foundation CEO Rick Frost. These funds added to the $9.1 previously announced brings the total project funding to $10.45 of the $12.8 million dollars required for this project. Guest Speakers from University of Winnipeg and CEDA – Pathways will provide details on the importance of this educational and housing hub will have to the community and city at large. Merchants Corner (www.themerch.ca) is an innovative, redeveloped facility which will be an educational hub hosting the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Inner-City Studies and CEDA-Pathways to Education program. The project will...