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North End organization to raise money for a new building

The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre (NPDWC) it’s a North End organization for low-income communities located between Main Street and the river.

It was founded in 1999 by a group of women who came together trying to help their community due to the lack of resources in the area.

“Everything we do has come from the community,” said Tara Zajac, Executive Director of the NPDWC. “This is their space and that’s who it matters, that’s what we’re here for.”

Their current building was purchased in 2002 with the help of community members and institutions, where they first started with limited services such as clothing and food donations. Now, their drop-in operates from 9 AM to 5 PM, focused on basic needs products such as food and hygiene, as well as offering a laundry facility, a public access phone and a public bathroom.

In addition to that, the NPDWC has an evening programming from 6 PM to 9 PM, which includes a Men’s Sharing circle, a Healing from Domestic and Family Violence circle, a Family Tree Parenting program, a Women’s Warriors circle, and the Mama Bear Clan patrol.

“In Winnipeg a lot of people see the North End as a negative, but there is so much good here,” said Tara.

The organization participated in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge earlier this year. They were able to gather $30,000 for their new building project and are now starting a capital campaign to help continue raising money.

“They deserve to have a proper space where they can go,” said Tara. “We take care of each other here, it’s a small town in the middle of the city.”

For more information on how to help or donate, you can access https://www.npdwc.org/

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.

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