The provincial government is increasing funding for a Winnipeg non-profit organization that supports victims and survivors of violent crime.
Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced Friday that $100,000 from the Criminal Asset Forfeiture Branch will be donated to Candace House to support the newly created Healing Haven and Heart Spaces programs.
The Branch has redistributed more than $19 million to communities across the province since its launch in 2019. The program confiscates and liquidates criminal assets and redirects funds to initiatives designed to protect Manitobans, improve public safety and support communities. victims of crime.
Funds will be split equally, with $50,000 for each program.
“Our government understands that victims of crime need the support offered by places like Candace House and others,” Goertzen said.
The Healing Haven program provides a home-like refuge for individuals and families affected by violence and the criminal death of a loved one as they navigate the justice system.
Our government understands that victims of crime need the support offered by places like Candace House and others.– Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen
Heart Spaces will provide trauma-informed and culturally safe spaces where people affected by violent crime can meet justice system personnel and support people such as elders and grandmothers, Goertzen said.
Candace House executive director Cecily Hildebrand said the $100,000 was an investment in families and a grieving community.
“It will ensure that more people have a safe place and the resources and care they need at a time most of us simply cannot imagine: when they are going through the legal process because ‘someone they love has been the victim of a crime or they have been abused,’ she said.
The vision for Candace House was born after the death of Wilma and Cliff Derksen’s daughter, Candace, 13, in 1984. The haven opened in November 2018.
When Candace House opened, Hildebrand says, she didn’t quite realize how “really necessary” the facility was for the healing of victims, survivors and families.
“Our justice system was not designed for victims or the families of victims, and for a long time those families were excluded from the process,” she said.
“Over the past few years, we’ve realized what else we need – more comforting places, new types of spaces, and more resources.”
As of November 2021, Candace House reported serving approximately 500 victims, survivors and family members since it began operations.
Hildebrand says the plan is to continue to expand Candace House so that no family is turned away, “and so that everyone who needs it can have a space to feel, to cope, to heal during the most unimaginably difficult time of their life.”
She says a lease was recently signed for the remainder of the ground floor of the building, which is located on Kennedy Street between St. Mary Avenue and York Avenue.