$1.4 Million Living Unit Opening at St.Amant’s River Road Place
- May 23, 2018
There’s no place like home or the place you call home for awhile. St.Amant’s River Road Place was built nearly a century ago and with just a few small renovations, the living areas in the complex care facility are far from homey for the over 100 people who stay there at any given time.
“We’re working toward making major changes in the way we offer services at River Road Place and human rights for people with intellectual disabilities is the driver for the changes,” said John Leggat, President & CEO of St.Amant.
Those changes include seeing the facility on River Road change from a developmental centre to a complex health care facility, meaning that people with intellectual disabilities will come to stay when they need some extra health support, rehabilitation, end of life care, respite and behavioural stabilization.
“A big part of the changes include refreshing the living areas, moving to one person rooms, warming up the environment so it’s less sterile and more conducive to natural living patterns of shared meals, family time, privacy and dignity,” said Leggat.
The major funder for this renovation is The Winnipeg Foundation, with the goal of using this living unit as an example to show other potential funders what can be done with their support.
“We are so pleased to be part of this important project that serves our most vulnerable citizens. St.Amant has a long history of helping ensure a Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all,” said Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation.
There are still five more units to renovate, and it’s a goal that the St.Amant Foundation has taken on all on its own without any funding from the government.
“We’re so grateful to The Winnipeg Foundation for being the first to support this huge initiative,” said Juliette Mucha, Director of the St.Amant Foundation. “With their support, we’ve already been able to get other supporters on board to help with the other living areas. They have always been visionary supporters of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them.”
The new living area is now re-opened for the residents staying there and the response from them and their families has been really positive.
“When I come to visit my sister, we have a private place to visit now. I know that she has her meals in the beautiful kitchen with others and the lighting and décor make it feel so much more like home,” said Josie Lucidi, sister of Cathy Romeo.
A Meaningful Legacy
- April 27, 2018
Janet Franczyk is a committed and devoted mother, a successful retired business woman, a top fundraiser for the St.Amant Free the Spirit Festival and also a thoughtful planner.
As soon as you meet Janet, you know that she enjoys engaging and getting to know the people around her. She has many community connections and a very busy social life. Most importantly she loves her family, her two sons and her daughter Donna-Marie. Donna-Marie has lived at St.Amant’s complex residential care facility for over 40 years.
“I’m very happy with the care my daughter receives. When I learned that people were collecting pledges for the St.Amant Festival, I felt compelled to help out and give back,” said Janet.
It’s that desire to give back that also led Janet to make a planned gift to the St.Amant Foundation in her will. Donna-Marie’s two brothers visit weekly, Janet lives nearby and attends Sunday mass at St.Amant’s chapel with her daughter. The entire family comes to St.Amant’s River Road Place at Christmas for dinner and the Franczyk family celebrated Donna-Marie’s 50th birthday at the St.Amant Spirit Cottage.
St.Amant is truly a part of the Franczyk family. Janet’s planned gift is a way of thanking St.Amant for always providing her daughter with excellent care and utmost respect.
A planned gift is a popular way for individuals and families to leave a significant or “ultimate” gift to St.Amant. It’s a wonderful tribute to a family member or the staff who have supported a loved one for many years. Planned gifts are also a good way to plan and manage estate and capital gains taxes.
“I am inspired by Janet’s family stories and honoured by her commitment to enrich the quality of lives of the individuals St.Amant supports through her legacy gift,” said Juliette Mucha, St.Amant Foundation Director.
If you are interested in legacy giving, please contact the St.Amant Foundation at 204-258-7052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet with her daughter Donna-Marie and her son Chris.
Unleash your creative spirit at Paint Nite in support of the St.Amant
- April 12, 2018
Unleash your creative spirit for Mental Health Month!
The Health & Wellness Committee has organized a Paint Nite in support of the St.Amant Foundation. Unwind with guided painting, laughing, and maybe a few beverages.
Best of all, $15 of your ticket price will go back to support the St.Amant Foundation.
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Triple B’s (121 Scurfield Blvd)
Cost: $45 (with $15 going back to the St.Amant Foundation)
*Note this event is 18+
St.Amant Foundation & Manitoba Moose Launch 2018 Autism Awareness Campaign
- March 2, 2018
Manitoba Moose Hockey Club is proud to announce the beginning of this season’s Autism Awareness campaign, highlighted by Autism Awareness Day, presented by Red River Co-op in support of the St.Amant Foundation, on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. CT.
Throughout the month of March, leading up to Autism Awareness Day, limited edition autographed player puzzles will be on sale at all eight Moose home games. The puzzles feature players Eric Comrie, Patrice Cormier, Brendan Lemieux, Sami Niku, Jack Roslovic and Cameron Schilling. Each puzzle is autographed by the featured player, and will be available for $20. Every fan purchasing a puzzle will be entered into a draw to win a Manitoba Moose Autism Awareness jersey. Puzzles are also available for purchase online at truenorthshop.com.
Autism Awareness Day on March 31 will see the Moose wearing special edition Autism Awareness jerseys, involving a puzzle piece design, when they face the Toronto Marlies. Select player jerseys will be auctioned off at the game, with the rest available online in the days to follow. Net proceeds from the Autism Awareness jerseys and player puzzle sales will be donated to the St.Amant Foundation. With proceeds from this year’s campaign, St.Amant Foundation will purchase a vehicle to transport children to and from the early learning classrooms, ensuring all eligible children can receive services the foundation provides.
Tickets for Manitoba Moose home games, including Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, March 31, are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.
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Gimli Ice Festival’s Country Music Winter Series supports St.Amant Foundation
- January 29, 2018
This Saturday is the first night of the Country Music Winter Series promoting the Gimili Ice Festival. Proceeds support the St.Amant Foundation. The series features a concert every Saturday night throughout February, leading up to the festival on March 3rd & 4th.
The Homespun Poets return to the Gimli Ice Festival to entertain with their coffee house inspired playlist. The duo is known for their signature harmony and humorous stage banter, the combination of which is sure to keep the audience engaged.
SHIP AND PLOUGH
42 Centre St. Gimli
The Homespun Poets
Saturday – February 3rd, 8:00 pm
A Gimli Ice Festival Fundraiser Event In Support Of The St. Amant Foundation
- Event Hosted by Odette Carreiro
- Great Prize Draws!
- 50/50 Draw!
- Lots Of Fun!