Building Her Case Against Homelessness

For Janarose, the evidence was clear.

I moved to Winnipeg in August 2013 and the amount of diverse homeless astounded me.

Originally from Thompson, Janarose was starting her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba. Her ambition is to attend law school.

Faced with Winnipeg’s homeless, Janarose chose to take action, independently and alone.

Homless

Every time she came across someone in need, she would run to the nearest drugstore and grab the necessities for them. Hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, condoms etc…spending anywhere from $50.00 to $100.00 per person.

Janarose quickly realized that as a broke student, she couldn’t afford to keep paying out of pocket every time someone needed her help. 

It bummed me out that I knew what I was doing wouldn’t help on a large scale and that I wasn’t being efficient, with time, money or the amount of persons needing aide. So I set up a gofundme account.

By late November, a total of $220 had been raised. Janarose assembled her team. Janarose, her boyfriend Pierce and his sister Olivia purchased winter gear for the homeless. Their plan? Hand out socks and mitts in front of Siloam Mission.

Janarose and team
Janarose, Pierce, and Olivia

Through social media, Ryan Thorglisson, vice president of Chicken Chef Canada Ltd. and owner of the Portage Avenue location came forward. He donated coffee, cream, sugar and cups for the day.

Janarose describes the response.

It was an absolute hit. People LOVED it. We got a really positive feedback from passerbys and even those who worked within Siloam. We reached more than 100 people, distributing socks, mitts, and hot coffee.

Janarose is building her case against homelessness in Winnipeg. She’s still raising funds to purchase winter gear and basic necessities.

Winter is coming. You wouldn’t want to go to bed hungry, homeless and cold, please don’t make them. A little bit of love goes a long way.

Janarose socks

Ryan Thorglisson is on board to provide more donated coffee and tea. Janarose’s team is ready. Why does she continue her efforts?

I’ve always grown up putting others before myself. As long as I’m somewhat comfortable, I’ll give until I can’t.

May your heart find a way to give now, and all year through. You can make a difference. Wishing you health and happiness,

Tanya

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