The St. Matthews Non-Profit Housing project was a long and rewarding journey, turning what used to be St. Matthew’s Anglican Church into WestEnd Commons.
The church was once home to a thriving congregation, providing a meeting place and a centre of worship for the community since 1913. After more than 100 years of service, the building was in need of serious repairs and only a small number of parishioners remained. With support from three levels of government, some generous donations, and a mortgage from Assiniboine Credit Union, the church gained a new lease on life. It’s once again a warm and welcoming community hub, with 26 affordable apartments, shared space for six churches, a food bank, and an indoor park. The property, now called WestEnd Commons, is owned and managed by St. Matthew Non-Profit Housing Inc., a partnership of Grain of Wheat Church and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.
It was truly a proud moment to see this dream become a reality at the March 2015 grand opening. Affordable housing is still a huge challenge in Winnipeg and a project like this can go a long way to making a difference. It’s just one way Assiniboine is committed to being at the table and finding creative solutions.