February 10, 2010



WINNIPEG— The Mission off the Streets (MOST) team is out in full force this week, clearing thick layers of ice off downtown’s busiest sidewalks to keep everyone extra safe and on their feet as they go about their days downtown.

The City is doing a great job sanding downtown sidewalks but the ice has become built up over the past few weeks on Portage Avenue and Graham Avenue. The BIZ has commissioned the MOST team, along with our own Clean Team, to chip away at it in a big way. Fifteen men and women are working their way up Portage and Graham in the next few days until the sidewalks are safe once again.

“We hope that this extra effort by the BIZ and Siloam’s MOST team will emphasize two things,“ says Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ, “we want to make sure our sidewalks are better than satisfactory, and revitalizing downtown is about engaging those less fortunate and asking them to be part of our community efforts to keep our downtown safe and clean.”

The MOST program provides a work experience for many individuals who have a hard time getting or keeping a job.  MOST is a structured work environment with social supports such as counseling, resume-writing and meals.  MOST also provides a solid work experience within a supportive team environment.  The participants build their self-esteem and self-confidence to move into healthier lifestyles that includes a stable home and permanent job.

The BIZ asks the public to give to homeless work programs like this one rather than giving to panhandlers. Change for the Better donation boxes can be found in over 80 downtown shops.100% of proceeds go directly to this employment program.

Info about Change for the Better.

Info about MOST.


For more information, please contact:

Stefano Grande, Executive Director Ph: (204) 958-4622

Rick Joyal, Manager Safety and Development Ph: (204) 958-4628