South East Helping Hands

South East Helping Hands helps individuals and families in Steinbach and over 25 other small communities in the South Eastern Manitoba. Learn more…

Our Mission Statement

SEHH is a non-profit organization which relies solely on the generosity of our community. While we are not able to completely replace grocery shopping needs, we are here to give a helping hand.

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Youth Food Insecurity Workshop

The “Hungry No More: Engagement of Youth in the Eradication of Food Insecurity in the Steinbach Region” workshop will be held on Feb 16 & 17, 2017. To find out more about the workshop, or register, use the forms below. Registrations must be completed by Nov. 30, 2016. Only 50 slots are available, and selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please email completed registrations to youthnomorehunger@yahoo.com.

Comments on Workshop

I liked:

  • How we gained the perspective of those living in poverty through these exercises (2 students said this)
  • That the examples were so realistic
  • The foodbank exercise
  • That the stories hit home
  • That all the examples had a real-life twist that I could relate to
  • That we got to experience some of the situations that people maybe would go through Choices & Consequences exercise
  • That I was able to walk in others’ shoes during the foodbank exercise. I’ve volunteered at the foodbank but I’ve never experienced the other side
  • I learned a lot about life situations and that you should never be quick to judge
  • The games we played had meaning behind them (e.g., Bag exercise, foodbank exercise). (2 students said this)
  • I liked the stories we heard (Ally and Robert)
  • I really enjoyed participating in all the ‘realistic’ and ‘real life’ activities and to see how it actually is for those people in need and how much different my life is and be thankful for what we have and help people.
  • The foodbank simulation because it taught me about how homeless people are and what they go through in their daily lives. I also liked Judy’s story and found it really touching.
  • I really enjoyed the hands-on experiences like the candy game, the finance scenarios and the foodbank activity. I also really enjoyed the discussion times. The stories that were shared were very insightful.
  • How each moment I spent here my empathy grew more and my understanding also grew. My favourite part and the part that made me think the most was when we had to go to the foodbank and find out what it’s like to live the way many people do.
  • The idea of now having a clearer understanding of food insecurity in the community. The activities in the 2-day workshop have got me thinking about everything going on more than I ever have.
  • That all of us got the opportunity to hear the stories and experiences of people whop have been in situations or scenarios dealing with food insecurity and homelessness.
  • The whole workshop overall.

A suggestion I’d like to make is:

  • Maybe give more opportunity to move around. There was a lot of sitting
  • Make this workshop open to the public. It’s not just youth who need to know about this.
  • Backpacks should be made available to transport food from the foodbank to make it easier on the clients
  • We all volunteer at the Soup Kitchen and have one-on-one conversations with people who are struggling (2 students said this)
  • We should try to keep on doing our best and help people because it pays off
  • Get more people to join this workshop so more people learn about it and can make a difference in the world (3 students said this)
  • More clarification about when you need to pay in the Choices & Consequences game
  • Keep doing what you’re doing because I can’t wait to see what happens!
  • The personal stories shared by Robert and Judy. They were very touching and showed how real everything is.
  • Maybe a break on the second day. There was a lot of sitting around in the afternoon.

I didn’t like:

  • The long periods of sitting (2 students said this)
  • Thinking that there are people that can dress up their little poodle dogs and overfeed them but we can’t even feed our own people. Do we not care as much about them? Then why don’t we step up to the plate!
  • I’m glad I came. I learned so much and it really opened my eyes to the whole situation. Gave me a new look on the world.
  • Walking to the credit union with heavy bags. It was a good experience but it was the worst one.
  • Choosing who to help in the activities we did & choosing a prize and to do things for myself because, during this time, I felt so much more that I wanted to help other people
  • I didn’t like the fact that there is so much wrong with our social systems and ways of thinking that allow other people to think that food insecurity is a choice. It was so annoying to hear about this.
  • I liked it all! (2 students said this)
  • A little more doing or hands-on things or even a group activity to get to know a few people

I would really like to say that:

  • This was a great opportunity and I look forward to bringing what I learned back to my own community. I was definitely humbled.
  • What this workshop did for me was to open my eyes to a new perspective and not be so quick to judge others. You never know what their story is so we should never make assumptions.
  • Thank you! I learned a lot. It was a real eye-opener.
  • I am so happy I came here because I learned a lot of things I never knew. It is truly sad and terrible what some people have to go through every day
  • This was a good way to see, help and do. How much work got put into this workshop and the foodbank exercise! Good job and thank you!
  • This was a wonderful experience and I’m so grateful that I could learn and understand more things about the trouble that people in our region have
  • This was such a great opportunity and I feel so blessed to have been able to attend. Thank you to all who worked so hard to put it on!
  • Thank you for giving me such an eye-opening experience
  • I am very thankful for this experience and the people I met. Everybody was so kind and so passionate about helping in the community. It was truly inspiring.
  • I really appreciate everything you guys do and it’s so inspiring. It makes me want to help so much more. I took so much out of the past two days and it truly changed the way I see the world. Thank you.
  • I hope this can continue in following years and I hope to see an impact happening in Steinbach
  • These last few days have been very eye-opening and it’s really (hopefully) going to affect our community in a positive way
  • This has been an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to come and learn about some of the problems that are in my community and the communities around me.
  • This was a really great workshop and it has been really eye-opening. I really learned a lot about poverty in Steinbach.