Where it all began!
In the years 1978 and prior, the then existing North-East Community Council comprised of citizens interested in providing respite care for mentally and physically handicapped in the area, expressed concern with the lack of existing facilities for this purpose. A committee was then established to investigate the situation and recommend some remedial measures.
Subsequently, it was found that the City owned property known as Ross House, 1940 Henderson Hwy. might be available for this purpose. After much work and negotiation, an agreement was reached with the City of Winnipeg to lease the property for the intended use on a 7 year renewable basis.
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As a result, S.P.I.K.E.(Special People in Kildonan East) was incorporated July 14, 1978 under the laws of the Province of Manitoba, to act as the operational body to proceed to renovate and operate the property to provide the needed care facility. Accordingly, after considerable expense, paid for by combination of grants from Government and private organization and public donations, the House became operational June 30, 1979 .
The property is now popularly known as S.P.I.K.E. House and is operated as a medium care home on a year-round basis to provide some permanent and respite care to the mentally and/or physically handicapped.
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In 1986 a second building was constructed on the property designed to provide living accommodations for 8 individuals. In addition to the living accommodations for the residents the SPIKE office is located on the second floor of the building.
In 2002 S.P.I.K.E. in cooperation with the Community Living Program began to expand services while maintaining the vision and in accordance with our mission statement to deliver responsive care, housing and quality life facilitation in the residential setting, to people who require a mix of health and life enrichment services. Currently S.P.I.K.E. Inc. offers supports to vulnerable adults in a variety of models; community licensed homes, foster care, supported independent living, respite, outreach, day service and transportation. There are currently 15 licensed homes, 5 foster care and a variety of other services supporting our people to live as independently as possible in the community.