We Help Turn Housing Into Loving Homes.
From the many reasons why a furniture bank is a valuable resource to our local community the most important is the transformative experience of those facing poverty and the task of rebuilding their lives. Gifting unwanted furniture and household goods helps to build confidence and hope to families who are often going through very uncertain and unpredictable times.
Furniture Bank And Service Program
Bedbug Prevention Program
Volunteer And Intern
Oyate Tipi community members are referred by one of 22 community based partner agencies including residential facilities, crisis shelters, and other heath agencies. In addition to furniture we also help with other household goods such as kitchen supplies.
We heat treat all our donated items to prevent the spread of bedbugs in Winnipeg. We accomplish this with our two bedbug eradication chambers which heat up to 150 degrees. This provides a chemical free method of ensuring bedbugs are stopped "dead" in their tracks!
Oyate Tipi operates a volunteer program for past clients, community members, and students in need of developing new skills or enhancing existing ones. The purpose is to help create better opportunities to those struggling to find work and those training for careers in social work.
Our Social Enterprises
Covid 19 And The PPE Project
Oyate Tipi And The Environment
Part of our mandate is to make Oyate Tipi more self sufficient. To help reach this goal we are launching two new social enterprises. The first is our fee for service heat treatment and moving services and the second is the OT Boutique our online store for collectibles and antiques.
Oyate Tipi partnered with the Emergency Community Support Fund to prepare 900 baskets of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment, which we distributed to area residents via our community partners.
The buckets include essential COVID-19 health and safety information, disinfectants and sanitizers, reusable face masks, and cleaning tools, among other things.
Oyate Tipi diverts over 150 tonnes of items every year from landfills with our furniture bank program. In addition, we also see that the items we don't use are treated responsibly as well. Obsolete electronics, reclaimed metals such a steel and aluminum are reclaimed and sent to the appropriate facilities.
Even furniture items that are not suitable for our regular program are made available to community members that may not qualify for our main programs.
"Everything has a value to the right person."