The Windsor Downtown Mission first opened its doors in 1972 and served coffee and donuts to 28 men, on average, from a room located in the basement in the Central United Church.
Today we offer three meals a day, are open 24-7, provide 18,000 nights of safe shelter per year for men, women and youth and families, recover and redistribute $5.5 million of fresh produce.
Together we have built an amazing network of carefully designed programs to assist those in need, from basic food insecurity and shelter to social enterprises and now health and wellness including the opening of the Alan Quesnel Community Dental Centre. Since 1972 you, our Mission family, have supported the work God has commissioned us to do.
The move from 664 Victoria to 850 Ouellette creates exciting opportunities for the Mission to concentrate its resources into helping
This expansive space will enable community partners to offer their vital and specialized programs in one convenient location, providing
The Downtown Mission is currently located in a residential
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Executive Director of Housing
There are more than 5,000 people waiting for affordable housing in Windsor. We recently secured funding from a lender to assist with the renovation of the library, enabling the Mission to move forward with the project including the transitional housing program. However, these are bridging funds and will have to be paid back.
The second floor of the building will be converted to affordable rental apartments. It will have up to 30 units to reduce the waiting list of people in our community who need housing assistance. Each apartment will include bathroom and shower facilities, a small kitchen area and living quarters. They will be Program units, for people who are enrolled in or have graduated from our Wellness or Growth Programs. Providing a home to help them in their goals to stabilize of their life, continuing the path to independent living, while supported by caring Mission Staff and wrap around services to achieve this important step in their lives.
The Downtown Mission is ground zero for the combination of societal ills that negatively impact Windsor-Essex. Building Hope is bigger in its scope of practice than programs for substance abuse and feeding hungry people. It has a substantial housing component, that will also help families facing homelessness and break up. It’s a game-changer that will transform the lives of struggling people and families who seek a better life and personal fulfillment.
Yes, in March 2018, the Mission, the City of Windsor and the Windsor Public Library entered into a landmark agreement that will begin a new era and model for the recovery and rehabilitation of hurting people in Windsor.
The City of Windsor and the Windsor Public Library Board requested that we postpone our closing date to February 2020. The Downtown Mission did agree to the request, which will provide additional time to build community support.
Our hope is to raise most of the funds through the generosity of our community. However, financing will be required, and I am happy to confirm that TD Canada Trust is both our financial partner including being our mortgage provider. We look forward to working with them on this exciting project and in the years to come.
664 Victoria was purchased and renovated in 2001 to serve 100 people a day a hot meal, our average now is 726 hot meals. Our current location has no space to grow the programs. Nursing, education and job readiness are busting at the seams and with no where to go. 850 Ouellette provides the square footage needed to house all current programs with the space to grow to serve the growing needs of the poor, addicted and mentally ill that we see each day.
The square footage cost of this building is approximately $10 less than other properties in the area. Due to the age of the Victoria property and thanks to 850 being well maintained, the cost to operate is almost the same and will keep renovation costs to strictly space updates (not building infrastructure).
Architects have provided their professional assessment that the Victoria Avenue building foundation will not support the proposed reconstruction at a reasonable cost to transform it into a modern social service facility.
The 850 Ouellette building provides many new and exciting opportunities including service synergies and partnerships as well as revenue streams. The Mission has been contacted by several agencies interested in becoming tenants. This revenue stream will cover the majority of our building cost of operation.
In addition, this space will allow us to grow our Enterprise program training more people, getting them to a place of self sustainability. Ultimately the way to end poverty provide job opportunities, to previously under employable persons.
Affordable housing is practically non-existent in Windsor-Essex with a growing list of now 4,500 people in wait for affordable apartments and with the recent real estate boom, there is no end in sight.
The Provincial government has released $4 million to Windsor. The Downtown Mission has completed a project overview for consideration.
Decent affordable housing is needed NOW, and the second floor of 850 Ouellette can accommodate 34 affordable rental apartments. This will require the support of all levels of government, including grant opportunities.
664 Victoria Avenue - 519-973-5573
Administration, kitchen, dining room, healthcare navigation, nursing, chaplaincy team, classrooms, and day programs.
850 Ouellette Avenue
All services from 664 Victoria will be moved to this new location, streamlining our operations.
875 Ouellette Avenue
The Wellness Centre, Sanctuary Shelter Program, Phoenix Recovery, Food Bank, Fitness Centre, and Social Enterprise Charities, The Do-Good Deli and the Al Quesnel Community Dental Clinic.
842 Dufferin Place
AStorage for donated fresh produce and fruit for our meal programs and food bank.
1247 Wyandotte Street East
Programs & services specifically designed for at-risk youth.
Purchase Price $3.6 Million
Main Floor Renovations $1.5 Million
Taxes & Fees $400,000*
*Taxes and fees to be paid from Mission assets.
Major and Transformative Gifts $3.9 Million
Government Grant Opportunities (Affordable Housing Component) $3.8 Million
Downtown Mission Assets (including sale of 664 Victoria) $1.6 Million
Your support will be transformative in creating a place of refuge with nurturing, multi-disciplinary care services, providing wrap around programs that all people truly deserve for their journey toward integration back into community life. Basic needs will be met, counselling, training and skills development, so that people can support themselves through employment. The final, and most important piece of the puzzle- affordable housing, which continues to be a challenge in our region.
The Downtown Mission is a self-funded organization. We do not receive pubic sector funding from any level of government. It is thanks to the generosity of our community we are able to provide our programs and services to support and care for people living in poverty and homelessness.
The following is a sample of the recognition opportunities available. We welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss both these and other recognition opportunities to meet your needs and area of interest.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Ron Dunn, Executive Director at 519-973-5573 ext 250
Dining room, courtyard, and reception
Worship space, The Market (food bank), kitchen, enterprise training, and recreation rooms 1 and 2
Clothing market, nurses’ station, financial training office, art therapy room, computer room, homeless safe storage program, and day rest area
Laundry facilities, counselling rooms 1, 2 and 3, prayer room, and showers
$25,000 each (total of 17)
$10,000 each (total of 17)