A Special Appeal to All Calgarians - A Guest Blog
Many women and their families depend on the Centres to secure their independence. WINS hopes to secure enough monies to keep the Resource Centres open and are asking all Calgarians to help. We need your help.
Published April 11, 2018
Karen Ramchuk, CEO of the Women In Need Society of Calgary
Have you ever thought about what happens when you are in need, alone, and know no one who can help you? For thousands of Calgary women and their families, WINS is the answer every year.
However, at the end of April, the Women In Need Society (WINS) faces a very difficult decision that will impact thousands of Calgarian women living in need and in poverty (and their families). The decision will be to keep its four Resource Centres open - or not. Many women and their families depend on the Centres to secure their independence. WINS hopes to secure enough monies to keep the Resource Centres open and are asking all Calgarians to help. We need your help.
WINS has taken the drastic step of appealing to Calgary for the $500,000 needed to keep the Resource Centres intact and open. These funds will allow for the necessary time to rebuild our organization to self-sustainment. We are asking for a gift of $10,000 (or greater) to help with this appeal.
WINS is an award winning social enterprise model that is unique in the charity sector and has been a mainstay in Calgary for more than 25 years. WINS operates 5 Family Thrift stores and a donation centre which fund WINS 4 Family Resource Centres and our Free Goods program.
While our retail stores are covering their respective operating costs, a decrease in general retail spending and an increase in client service needs, utilities, leases and wages has out our organization in a deficit financial position. In 2017, WINS had to introduce strategies to reduce the draw on the programs in light of the unprecedented demand in 2016. Although these measures have helped to control expenses, more cuts need to happen. This also means that less women and their families are receiving the resources they need.
WINS is working hard to further develop its social enterprise to maximize returns to support our operational and community program needs. WINS is confident those changes will improve the retail net revenues later in 2018. However in contrast to our financial resources, the demand for WINS’ community programs continues to grow. With your help, WINS would like to ensure that no woman who has made the decision to make a better life for herself and her family has to choose between putting food on the table and having a bed for her children.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra, the Ward 9 Office or The City of Calgary.