Team Building with Social Impact

Winnipeg Reside project

For the past 25 years, Raising the Roof has raised funds for homelessness prevention programs across Canada, conducted research that informs national policy and started several innovative pilot projects to prevent and end homelessness.

Raising the Roof’s Community Build Days offer a uniquely impactful team building opportunity. Your team will have the opportunity to deepen your connection, gain practical skills, learn from people whose lives are being changed through the Reside program, and create affordable housing and employment opportunities for people at risk of homelessness!

Winnipeg Reside Project Impact


people with barriers to employment who will be trained and employed during the project renovations


new units of affordable housing created


people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness that will have a safe, affordable home with ongoing wraparound supports


people whose lives have been changed through full time employment in the trades and affordable housing with supports through the Reside program so far (and we're just getting started!)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I participate?

  • Hands-on in person way for your team to work together and see the impact firsthand
  • Raise money for a great cause: preventing and ending homelessness in Canada through employment and housing with supports
  • It’s fun!
Trades training

2. What is the Reside Program?

Reside is a program that renovates vacant and under-utilized spaces and properties, transforming them into affordable housing for individuals at risk of experiencing homelessness. The renovations are done by people experiencing barriers to employment through social enterprise training programs.

The Reside program has double impact, by creating more units of permanent affordable housing with supports and job training people for work in the the trades. Past Reside projects have seen 85% of its program graduates go on to full time permanent employment in the trades.


3. When can I volunteer?

We have two days available for volunteers, Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  There are limited spaces available each day. If all the spaces are filled for Wednesday and Thursday, we may add additional days in Realtors Care® Week (November 15 to 19).

Mountain Avenue Main before 2

4. What will we be doing?

We’ll start the morning with a welcome, introductions, project explanation, and safety instructions. Then, hands-on tasks will be assigned. Tasks will be for all skill levels, no construction experience required. It may include exterior painting, landscaping, or interior tasks. Come prepared to get dirty! Rain or shine we’ll be working indoors and out.

5. What is included?

We take care of all Community Build Day logistics and provide training, refreshments, team photos and Raising the Roof swag (including our famous toque!) to proudly wear and show off to your family, friends and community.

woman mask construction

6. Is this safe?

Safety is our first priority. All required safety gear and PPE is provided and all participants will be trained and supervised by our experienced construction staff. 

7. How much does it cost?

We recommend a minimum donation of $100 to cover the expenses of the day including supplies needed for the tasks. Any money raised above the minimum will go towards completing the Mountain Avenue project.

You can make a personal donation and/or fundraise. If you choose to fundraise, you can share this page with clients, vendors, friends and family. In the comments, when they make a donation, please ask them to indicate your name so we can track which donations came in through which participant. All of the donations from MREA members will be tracked so we can celebrate together the generosity of our community to people experiencing homelessness.

You can help!


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Reside House