About the WCWRC
West Central Women’s Resource Centre exists to empower women to help themselves, their families and their community to safer, healthier lifestyles. Our home is the diverse West Central neighbourhood of Winnipeg.
Our shared vision is for a healthy, sustainable, equitable, just and peaceful community where women’s knowledge and experience is valued and respected. Our vision includes women having hope and strength while living out equal social, economic and political rights.
Where we are:
640 Ellice Ave
Monday – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Tuesday – 12:30pm to 8:00pm
(4-8pm open to families/male partners)
Wednesday – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday – 12:30pm to 8:00pm
Friday – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Our Way of Working
We work toward achieving our vision using a Women Centered Approach, informed by the lived experience of the diverse women in our community. We also use the following to guide our work, words and actions:
A capacity building framework with 4 stages of empowerment (breaking social isolation, networking, awareness, action).
Taking steps to reduce harm in people’s lives by valuing where they are and helping them move to a place of less harm.
Working simultaneously in many spheres (the individual, family, community and systemic).
Community Economic Development
Supporting local goods, services, investment, employment, decision-making and skill building while promoting neighbourhood sustainability, human dignity and the environment.
We value and celebrate our community’s rich diversity of identities and perspectives. We strive to foster a culture of belonging and work to advance equity within the centre and the wider community.
We work toward achieving our vision by partnering with others. We believe in being an active member of local, provincial and national organizations, networks and initiatives that impact our community.
Where we're involved
- Braids of Strength
- Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness – Women’s Homelessness Advisory Committee
- CCEDNet Gathering
- Childcare Coalition of Manitoba
- Ellice Street Festival
- Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) Advocates
- End Homelessness Winnipeg
- For Every Family Initiative
- Gender Based Violence committee
- Health Outreach and Community Support (HOCS)
- Housing First Sector Leadership Table
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Integration Summit and committees
- Make Poverty History Manitoba
- Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO)
- March for Peace
- National Gender Equality Network
- Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers
- Network of Organizations for War Affected Newcomers (NOWAN)
- Pride Parade
- Project Manitouwabi
- Right to Housing
- Street Census
- UN Safe Cities Initiative
- West Broadway Seniors Network
- West Central Connect
- West Central Leadership Table
- West End Cleanup
- Winnipeg Rental Network
- Working in Social Enterprise
The WCWRC started in 1999 as a 3-year project (Women’s Empowerment Project) in response to the high number of women in our neighbourhood living in poverty. Since that time the Centre has grown to offer a variety of support and services to the whole community. The Centre has always been guided and informed by women living in our neighbourhood.
We would like to extend our thanks to all those that assist us in our work:
Our volunteers for their dedication and hard work;
Our partners and the other community organizations working in our neighbourhood;
Our funders that help make our work possible:
- Assiniboine Credit Union
- Canadian CED Network
- City of Winnipeg
- Communities 4 Families
- Government of Canada
- Individual donors
- Province of Manitoba
- Richardson Foundation
- Thomas Sill Foundation
- United Way
- Winnipeg Foundation
- Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Board of Directors