Oyate Tipi is a nonprofit organization located in Winnipeg’s north end. The concept of Oyate Tipi was first visualized in 1995 by a group of crisis workers who were providing outreach and follow-up services to women in transition. These workers observed that even when women received supports and a new home, they did not have the comforts which truly make it a home.
In 2000, the United Way helped secure a building that was generously donated by the Bank of Montreal. In 2003 Oyate Tipi was born in that old bank and began to serve women and children affected by family violence. Since then our mandate has grown to also assist people experiencing homelessness and youth aging out of care.
Oyate Tipi also provides a venue for generous people within Winnipeg to donate their gently used furniture and household items to be reused, refurbished, and upcycled. In doing so, thousands of pounds of household goods are diverted from our landfills thus relieving the burden of our waste on Mother Earth
OUR VISION: Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape envisions a community that values and acts upon its generosity; sharing between those who have and those who require, fostering greater independence and self-sufficiency, dignity and optimism, showing care for families, community and Mother Earth.
Meet The Staff:
Alex has been the Executive Director at Oyate Tipi Cumuni Yape since January 2020. According to Alex, her current role at the organization is her dream job. She likes the strong sense of team, commitment to social justice and the vision to serve the community.
Robert Walker is the acting Warehouse Coordinator at Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape Inc. He has been with the organization for more than three years. According to Robert, he is very happy to be employed by such an amazing not-for-profit organization. Moreover, the two highlights of his day at Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape are: 1) The ability to give our clients the essential needs to make four walls a home 2) No two days are every the same, whether it’s a collection day or drop off day
Corinne first became a part of Oyate Tipi as a volunteer. From volunteering, she became the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator, and now, she is currently the Finance Coordinator. Over all, she has been connected to Oyate Tipi for over seven years. Corinne’s favorite thing about the organization is its staff and meeting all of the volunteers that come. Besides that, she enjoys that everyone loves to bond over some delicious foods!
Kelly started as a volunteer in January 2020. While volunteering, she did some evaluation of items for the OT Boutique, as well as answering phone calls and scheduling donation pick ups & drop offs. In August 2020, Kelly was hired as an Administrative Assistant. Within the time she has been with Oyate Tipi, she has also received her CPR/First Aid Certificate. Lastly, Kelly also admires the positive work culture at Oyate Tipi and says that she really enjoys being a part of the team.
Jennifer Martin is the Volunteer Coordinator of Oyate Tipi. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer provides continuous support to her team of volunteers, as well as supervision and direction. She started off at Oyate Tipi as a volunteer back in 2010, and has been with the organization ever since. Jennifer says that she chooses to be a part of the team because she wants to continually make a direct difference in the community.
Mikaela is a social work student at the University of Manitoba. Mikaela says that she is thrilled to be doing her practicum placement at Oyate Tipi Cumuni Yape because the service that Oyate Tipi provides is greatly needed in Winnipeg. It empowers and provides people with a greater quality of life in a judgment free and supportive environment.
Nadine is a Social Work Intern at Oyate Tipi Cumuni Yape. She assists in the organization’s client services department. Nadine hopes to help the organization improve and expand the help they offer to clients. According to her, the best part about being a member of the team is that the staff members are all one big family.