Recipients of Over $90,000 of Funding From the 2017 CEO Sleepout Announced


May 1, 2018


Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, along with Mayor Brian Bowman and End Homelessness Winnipeg, are pleased to announce the recipients of over $90,000 of funding from the 2017 CEO Sleepout. The announcement will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Recipients of this year’s funding include:

  • Siloam Mission
  • The Red Road Lodge
  • Union Gospel Mission

Since 2011, close to one million dollars has been raised to support social agencies in their efforts to employ their participants and in providing them with quality-of-life supports and access to housing. These efforts have resulted in the employment of 137 people experiencing homelessness for more than 81,000 hours – with many of these individuals returning to school or finding permanent full-time work.

“The CEO Sleepout continues to support the amazing work that our community agencies are doing in order to help individuals who are dealing with homelessness,” says Stefano Grande, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Not only are we making a difference in the lives of these individuals by providing them with employment and quality-of-life supports, but we are also encouraging our city’s prominent CEOs and community leaders to look at the world differently and providing them with the chance to see the influence they can have in the lives of those less fortunate.”

“We are so thankful for this contribution that will help our community members access temporary employment through our M.O.S.T. Program,” says Jim Bell, CEO of Siloam Mission. “The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is a wonderful partner and neighbour to Siloam Mission, and we appreciate its commitment to helping improve the lives of those experiencing poverty and homelessness in our city.”

“From the beginning our focus has been to use arts and culture as a catalyst for change, inviting our residents and marginalized street people to help clean up and beautify the neighbourhood,” says Richard Walls, CEO of The Red Road Lodge. “Thanks to the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the CEO Sleepout, we are able to employee 5 individuals, who this year will focus on washing store windows, watering flowers, picking up litter and painting decorative bicycles that will be showcased along Main Street.”

“Support from the CEO Sleepout sends a subtle, but powerful message that the larger community cares about you; this helps you out with your recovery,” says Frank Ulrich, Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission.

For information about the CEO Sleepout and how you can get involved in the future, please visit

About the CEO Sleepout

 The 2017 CEO Sleepout, organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and End Homelessness Winnipeg, recruited and mobilized over 150 leaders from the private and public sectors – to help bring attention and awareness to the complex issues of homelessness in our city.

About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

Especially for people who are downtown, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the friendly and hardworking host that improves the perception of downtown by providing a welcoming environment, keeping things clean and safe, and advocating for continuous and positive change.



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