Justice

One City Has a Heartwarming Way to Help the Homeless

Homeless people in Winnipeg, Canada, are being paid $11 an hour to work various street maintenance duties in the city like cleaning up trash and shoveling snow, CBC News reports.

How it works.

Homeless individuals stay at Siloam Mission, a Christian humanitarian organization in the city and sign up each day to be part of a team of eight that goes out to work. The cycle then starts over in the morning.

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"A lot of people go each day," Randy Malbranck told CBC News. Malbranck is a homeless man who has worked nearly every day on the team for the past six months. "You don't always get in but sometimes—usually—you do.”

The program is part of Mission: Off the Street, or MOST, which is a partnership between Siloam and the Winnipeg Biz. MOST fills up almost every day.

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Homelessness is a massive global issue.

The impact it has.

Cathy Ste. Marie is one of the organizers of the program. She says that the individuals who continue to come back for a few months can develop references and valuable job experience. The goal is for them to take steps to end their homelessness permanently.

“People see their capabilities and believe in themselves again," Marie told CBC News. "They've still got gas in the engine. They're still capable, and it's a catalyst to get back into the workforce."

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For Malbranck, he has goals to get an apartment of his own. When the outlet asked him what his ultimate goal is, he told them he plans to keep working until he can leave the streets permanently.

"Ultimately to get out of here. I think that's everybody's goal,” Malbranck said. “Sometimes if it's not the first step, theres a second step, a third step, you got to keep trying.”