A Winnipeg non-profit is seeing support from the Manitoba Government and hopes to continue to be a strong advocate for victims and survivors of violent crimes.

The Manitoba government is providing $200,000 in new funding to assist with programs and services offered through Candace House, a non-profit organization that supports victims and survivors of violent crime.

"We know how integral Candace House is in helping people in their healing journeys. The direct emotional and practical support and services that are offered benefit victims and survivors," says Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen. "The Department of Justice is pleased to participate in delivering victim support alongside the staff of Candace House."

Created by Wilma and Cliff Derksen after losing their daughter to homicide in 1984, Candace House aims to support, empower and assist those who go through their program.

"In the short time that we’ve been open, Candace House has supported over 1,000 family members as they navigate the justice system, and the need continues to grow," says Cecilly Hildebrand, executive director of Candace House. "Our ‘Honouring Courage’ campaign seeks to raise $1 million to increase our footprint and our services. To that end, we are thrilled with the $200,000 grant from the Manitoba government. These funds will go a long way in expanding the wraparound support we are able to provide to families impacted by homicide."

Candace House welcomed its first family in 2018 and since then has continued to offer support and a safe environment for families attending court proceedings, allowing them to take a break in a warm private setting.

The staff and volunteers at the non-profit also attend court with families if they ask for support, and provide them with justice system-related information to keep them educated on what the process looks like and what resources are available to them. They also provide emotional and practical support, a meal program and partnerships with various organizations to increase access to holistic and culturally safe support.

Candace House supports victims by reducing trauma and re-victimization, which promotes better access to justice and participation in the justice system.