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For Families

We encourage inclusive community bonds and nurture belonging, pride and resilient families through cultural reconnection, wellness and lifelong independence skills.

The Link works to nurture strong and resilient youth and families through:

Connections

We build safe, caring, collaborative and respectful relationships between family members, families, peers and partners in the community.

Wellness

We strive to improve physical, mental and emotional wellness of our youth and their families.

Independence

We ensure youth are equipped with skills for lifelong independence including job training and school supports.

Relationships

We build safe, caring, collaborative and respectful relationships between family members, families, peers and partners in the community.

Learn More About The Link

The Link has been helping children, youth and families in Manitoba for nearly 100 years. Today our network spans four communities and includes hundreds of staff, volunteers and foster families.

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Change a Child or Family’s Future

The Link is part of the CanadaHelps.org network, which offers safety, security and convenience when it comes to online donations. Or donate safely and securely by mail or by phone.

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Lend us Your Time and Talents

Share your expertise whether it’s in a leadership capacity on our Board of Directors (by nomination), through individual projects and programs or by organizing fundraising or awareness-building events.

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Mission

What we do…

We walk alongside children, youth, adults and families as an inclusive community, strengthening and empowering a sense of belonging, pride and purpose.

Vision

Why we do it…

To become a community that shapes and creates opportunities for belonging, pride and purpose.

Values

How we do it…

Compassion:
through inclusivity, respect and humility.

Community:
through engagement, reciprocity and responsibility.

Well-being:
through connection, growth and balance.

Testimonials

What People Say About Our Work

From volunteers, to staff, to program participants, see what people are saying about The Link’s network of family supports.

Read Our Latest News

  • Text Line to Support Youth

    Text Line to Support Youth

    Exciting News! We have a new text line for youth! If you or someone you…

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  • Spring Feast and Ceremony

    Spring Feast and Ceremony

    On March 19th the Indigenous Initiatives team helped us to welcome spring! We gathered together…

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  • Festival Du Voyageur

    Festival Du Voyageur

    Festival du Voyageur, with the support of Réseau Compassion Network, generously offered tickets to our…

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Join us today for a Pride Kick-Off BBQ and to help The Hub with their Community Clean-Up!⁠
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12 to 2:30 p.m.⁠
159 Mayfair Avenue⁠
Outside in the front yard of the YRC⁠
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We will have hot dogs, music, sno-cones, and a parade float decoration station!⁠
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It is going to be a great day!⁠
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The Link's offices and Youth Hub will be closed on Monday, May 20, 2024, in observance of Victoria Day.⁠
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We will reopen on Tuesday, May 21st at 8:30 a.m.⁠
We hope you have a safe and happy long weekend!⁠
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If you need help while we are closed, we have a safe space for youth (under 21) at our 24/7 Emergency Youth Resource Centres (YRCs) at:⁠
159 Mayfair Avenue in Winnipeg⁠
116 Hemlock Crescent in Thompson⁠
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Youth Resource Centre in Winnipeg⁠: 204-477-1804⁠
Youth Resource Centre in Thompson: 204-778-5382⁠
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Mobile Crisis Teams⁠ - Free 24-hour crisis supports for youth, families & caregivers.⁠
204-949-4777⁠
1-888-383-2776⁠
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Or if you want to connect with someone, you can TEXT “support” to 204-900-6010 to access immediate, confidential support.⁠
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Visit our website for more info: https://thelinkmb.ca/services/⁠
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#Winnipeg #Thompson #Manitoba #Youth #Families⁠
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May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia. ⁠
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Every person deserves love, respect and equality, regardless of who they are or who they love. Let's continue to celebrate diversity, fight discrimination and create a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear. ⁠
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#IDAHOTB #LoveIsLove 🏳️‍🌈
THANK YOU Pollard Banknote for the work wear clothing donation drive you hosted and generously shared with The Link!⁠
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Youth in our Life Train Program will now have access to steel toe shoes and boots, safety vests and shirts and interview wear!⁠
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The Life Train program helps young adults ages 18-29 develop preemployment and job searching skills. Participants receive training, counselling and access to resources to help individuals successfully gain employment.⁠
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#ThankYou #Community #YouthEmployment #Winnipeg #Gratitude #EmploymentSkills
WOW - A very BIG THANK YOU to @unitedwaywpg and @canada-life for the 200 Snack Packs they created for The Link during their Pop Up Day of Caring!⁠
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The kits were delivered by @RaYWinnipeg to The Hub and our YRC.⁠
We are so grateful for this donation; we feed 100s of youth each week in our community!⁠
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Thank you for thinking of us, we appreciate all of your efforts in our city and province.⁠
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#Community #UnitedWayWpg #UnitedWay #Gratitude #Youth #Caring #SnackPacks #Manitoba #YWG #DowntownWPG
Join Uncle Blair for a Wellbriety meeting!⁠
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Wellbriety is a concept that provides culturally based principles, values and teachings to support healing from alcohol, substance abuse, co-curring disorders and intergenerational trauma.⁠
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Wednesday⁠
May 15 & 29, 2024⁠
5 to 7 p.m.⁠
175 Mayfair Avenue ⁠
Winnipeg⁠
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#Wellbriety #Winnipeg #Youth #IndigenousYouth #Healing⁠
UPDATE for Music Monday⁠
Uncle Norway will host a Karaoke evening today! ⁠
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Monday, May 13, 2024⁠
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.⁠
175 Mayfair Avenue⁠
Winnipeg⁠
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Everyone is welcome to join and share their fave Karaoke song.
Music Monday!⁠
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Uncle Norway and Drew will host a drop-in music “jam” session. ⁠
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Monday, May 13, 2024⁠
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.⁠
175 Mayfair Avenue⁠
Winnipeg⁠
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You can try out some instruments, sing and have some fun learning about music. All ages welcome.