A slow medicine approach to recovery

On a busy St. Boniface Street, the staff and residents of Morberg House have built a home and support system centered on long-term recovery. The 12-bed transitional residence provides a safe space for men experiencing addiction, homelessness and mental health challenges. Through shared living space, people passing through Morberg House are able to lean on others with lived experience to help them on their recovery journey. No person is the same, nor is the approach to recovery. The house is staffed 24/7, including a psychiatric nurse, who helps residents to map out what brought them to Morberg House and how to approach challenges going forward.

A “re-parenting” model has been developed at the house, which sees residents participate in regular Re:Act sessions, or Recovery Education for Addiction and Complex Trauma.  In addressing childhood trauma, many people leave the house better able to identify triggers and better equipped to handle emotions like fear, sadness and anger.

There’s no rushing recovery. Residents may stay anywhere from 4 to 18 months, or even longer! Many continue to return, even after they’ve moved out, for Re:Act sessions, or even just to hang out with the family they’ve helped to create. Some residents find stable housing through sober living suites in the community, or employment through different arms of the organization.

In treating the person and providing them with life skills to move forward, Morberg House supports people in their immediate recovery and in finding long-term healing.

Morberg House Winter - St. Boniface Street Links - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Morberg House - St. Boniface Street Links - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY:

St. Boniface Street Links / Morberg House have implemented a pandemic response to ensure the safety of our community's most vulnerable. Effective immediately, Morberg House is in semi-lock down with residents being asked to observe Stay-In-Place protocols. Our residents are living in compliance with Health Canada guidelines regarding safe distancing and observing best hygiene practices. Our organization has increased daily outreach to people experiencing homelessness in our community. Though we are unable to welcome volunteers at this time, donations of food, hygiene products and money are gratefully accepted.

Thanks to the generosity of Birchwood Automotive Group, we have a van and outreach staff driving through our community twice a day distributing food, hygiene products and information to those living on our streets. We are collecting information about our homeless population to assist them in finding shelter.

We are in constant contact with people in our sober living community to ensure they have the support they require.

Our psychiatric student nurses and counsellors are available everyday to provide medication and mental health services to our residents.

We continue to interact with our business partners and community partners to respond to events as they occur.

We are very grateful for the support of generous donors who are helping us respond to this public health crisis. If you are able to assist us in our efforts through financial donations or food & hygiene products, please contact us at 204-615-5557 or email at info@stbonifacestreetlinks.com and we will respond immediately.

I encourage you to read the letter linked below. Written by one of our outreach staff members, it truly expresses how we are all feeling at this very difficult time. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and remain in good health! As a community, we shall persevere! Thank you all!

The team at St Boniface Street Links

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