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841 OxfordBy BERNIE BELLAN
This past April Shalom Residences, which provides residences and supports for adults with disabilities in our community, opened its very first south end home.


Shalom Home residentsLocated in River Heights, at 841 Oxford Street (near Mathers Avenue), this newest Shalom Residence is now home to three young adults: Micah Kraut, Melanie Halprin, and Jesse Halkett. (Micah and Melanie have lived in Winnipeg all their lives, while Jesse comes from Lac Brochet, which is in northern Manitoba.)
According to Nancy Hughes, executive director of Shalom Residences, with the addition of the Oxford Street home, there are now seven houses operated by Shalom Residences that have a total of 24 residents; in addition there are eight adults living in apartments under the aegis of Shalom Residences; finally, there are three young men still living with their parents for whom Shalom Residences provides outreach services. The residents range in age from 22-75, Hughes said.
The acquisition of the newest home on Oxford represents the fulfillment of a long-held dream for Shalom Residences. With financial assistance and contributions of various items from a number of different organizations and groups, including the Provincial Government Department of Family Services, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Manitoba Realtors Association Shelter Foundation, Manitoba Marathon, Women’s Philanthropy Group of the Winnipeg Jewish Federation, and families of the residents themselves, the Oxford Street home is truly a lovely residence.
Hughes says that, as of the present moment, there are five other individuals who would like to move into a Shalom Residence. She adds that, if there is another expansion of the number of residences operated by the organization, it will also be in the south end.

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