St. Emile organizations and members support a number of charities in obedience to Christ’s injunction to feed the hungry and care for the poor and suffering.
Alpha House “is a year-long program for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship”, providing “protective and affordable fully furnished housing; individual and group counselling for women and all age appropriate children; family counselling; support and advocacy; family activities; children’s summer activity programming; follow up counselling and support.” Alpha House is one of several charities supported by the Catholic Women’s League of St. Emile Parish.
Cancer Care, the need for which is all too familiar to all of us, is another of the charities supported by the CWL.
Cancer de Mama Clinic runs for three days every February in Mexico, when “numerous dedicated volunteers provide breast prosthetics, bras and additional support to post-mastectomy Mexican women” As funds allow, they “also offer a survivor programme to help offset the costs of cancer treatments and related expenses for breast cancer survivors.” In Winnipeg, a local company called Bressanté accepts donations and forwards them on to the Cancer de Mama Clinic.
Centre Flavie-Laurent is part of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba and brings assistance and comfort to the impoverished and the vulnerable by distributing clothing, furniture and household items at no cost.
Chalice is “a Catholic charity that primarily supports community initiatives in 15 countries through the sponsorship of children and elderly in need”. Based in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Chalice has been in operation since 1996. Its founder and president is Fr. Patrick Cosgrove and its mission is to “bring Christ to the poor and the poor to Christ.”
Jocelyn House is a hospice. Its “staff and volunteers provide care for people living the end of their lives in a home like environment on a beautiful naturally-wooded riverside property in Winnipeg.” The mission of Jocelyn House is to add “life to final days for the terminally ill, and their loved ones, by providing care and comfort in a home-like setting.” Jocelyn House is supported by the St. Emile CWL.
Life’s Vision is “a charitable, non-profit, pro-life resource center, dedicated to providing life affirming education to Manitobans.” Life’s Vision educates people about “pre-natal development, the negative physical and emotional affects of abortion on women and the dangers associated with physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.” It is supported by the CWL.
Meals on Wheels delivers 600 to 800 nutritious meals each week to senior citizens in the Winnipeg area and is supported by members of the St. Emile Catholic Women’s League.
Winnipeg Harvest “is a not-for-profit, community based organization that is a food distribution and training centre. Its short-term goals “are to collect and share surplus food with people who are hungry and to offer training opportunities to help people step up and out of poverty.” Its “ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for food banks in our community.” Winnipeg Harvest is directly supported by the St. Emile Food Bank. Donations of food may be left in the box inside the front door of the church. There is an ongoing need for plastic and reusable shopping bags, as well.