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Connecting

Connecting The call came in at 8:00 in the morning. His first words, after I said hello, “Hank, is it ever good to hear your voice.” Phil (name changed) was calling from the minimum at Stony Mountain. It was the first time we had spoken since the Institution had been closed to volunteers and visitors.

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Visions and Voices Journey

As part of the Visions and Voices program, Russ, Jessica, Harri, and Maraleigh travelled to the communities of Berens River and Bloodvein, a 5 hour drive North of Winnipeg, located on the East side of Lake Winnipeg. Over two days, Jessica and Russ shared their experience with FASD with audiences that included social workers, teachers,

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El’dad Summer Participant BBQ

Thank you to all of our sponsors Walmart Progressive Superstore Hanover Dental Co-op Clearview Gas Canadian Tire Sobeys Staples First Choice Convenience La Cocina Enns Brothers Chicken Chef

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“Everyone should experience it.”

It is not the kind of statement you would expect from someone who just finished visiting a person in prison. John has been a volunteer with Open Circle for two years and was moving on so he could dedicate more time to other things. He voiced his comment as I spent some time debriefing with

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El’dad New Home Share Program

What new at El’dad? Home Share is…..   The El’ Dad Home Share Program provides support services to men and women with intellectual disabilities, within the Steinbach and surrounding areas, The Home share program connects participant with hosts who are willing to share their home and positive life style with others. Could this be you?

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Computer Donation

Recycle your no longer used computer safely with IJC!!   Donate your no longer used computers to IJC and help make technology affordable for others. How do you dispose of your old computer system after you upgraded to new system? IJC as a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, we provide benefits to our donors. Benefits we offer

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IJC Computer Upcycling Program

Hi Everyone,   Here is the update on the IJC Computer Upcycling Program. Recently, we have taken the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher program test earning the qualification as Microsoft Registered Refurbisher. We are now licensed to wipe clean all donated computers of personal information ensuring safety and security for all. We also have license to refurbish

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El’dad Ranch Update

There’s been so much going on at El’dad that it’s nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle to reflect and write a blog entry. We had some tense moments leading up to our annual Fundraising barbecue themed “Here Come’s The Sun”. The weather forecast called for showers. We took this all as

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The Feeling of Emptiness

There is no vacuum in life. So anytime there is one, it has to be filled immediately. When you have an “empty” container, be it a bottle, a mug, or a bucket, know that it’s not really empty. There may not be anything inside but there is air, and air is something. If you think

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Change is Easy!

Yes, you read that right. It actually is, though may not be comfortable! Rick Warren says: Whatever you want to change in your life, don’t resist it; replace it. Change becomes difficult when you just want to use willpower to stop a habit. But know this: there’s no vacuum in life. Once a habit is

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El’dad: the Ranch where “God Has Loved”

“Realizing the inherent worth of individuals, we seek to embody God’s love for people with intellectual disabilities by providing a secure and nurturing place to live” When a friend mooted the idea of applying for a job at El’dad Ranch, the first thing that struck me was “Ranch!” I told the guy that I was

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Choices

In the course of our work, we meet people from time to time, who have made some bad choices in life. When I meet such, I want to learn from them, and so I ask them questions. And almost without fail, every one of them would say there are many things they would do differently.

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Real Nadeau

Real Nadeau: It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to our colleague and friend, Real Nadeau. He was a very proud father to his daughters Marie-Josée and Catherine, but also a son, brother, uncle and a friend. His genuine smile greeted us each day, and we were the beneficiaries of his humour and

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