As it evolves to meet community needs during the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandon’s Samaritan House Ministries will be extending its ability to serve the most vulnerable in the community following an announcement by the Manitoba Government on Thursday of investments in two separate areas of operations.
In an afternoon press release from the Province it was shared that $800,000 has been contributed to a local instance of the Home Nutrition and Learning Pilot Program, which under local management of Samaritan House will help ensure that more than 3,000 school age children in the area have access to nutritious foods, recipes and related learning activities according to the media release.
More on the Home Nutrition and Learning Pilot Program, which runs until the end of September, can be learned at https://mbnutritionlearning.ca
Additionally, $132,000 has been invested in operations of the organization’s Safe and Warm Shelter in order to allow operations during the summer months.
The shelter, which has historically been in a position to mainly focus on providing assistance during the winter months, has seen regular ongoing efforts to expand its ability to provide help to more people and for a longer portion of the year. Last year saw a more than doubling in size to 25 beds as the organization works towards being able to help more people over a longer period of time.
Samaritan House drew national attention earlier in 2020 as an example of helping those in need as part of an announcement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a National press conference of $15,000 in funding to help shelter operations during the Spring.