Stepping Forward

Stepping Forward provides both Non-Housing First services for Urban Indigenous individuals who are at risk of homelessness.
Our programs provide portable, individualized supports and services as a response to the participant’s distinctive needs. We utilize an Intensive Case Management (ICM), and Harm Reduction Approach aiming to connect participants to permanent housing while empowering them to achieve their self-identified goals. Stepping Forward services provided are holistic and based on AHWC’s Medicine Wheel approach and represent our philosophy of intervention, prevention, treatment, aftercare and promotion. Services are private and confidential and are provided in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.

Program Goals: To create a place for individuals who face multiple barriers with opportunities to improve their self-sufficiency and overall quality of life.


Non-Housing First Support & Life Skills Workshops/Training

Adults (18+) residents of Winnipeg

Imminent Risk of Homelessness:

  • People who are unable to secure permanent housing because they do not have sufficient resources or support networks immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or a public or a private place not meant for human habitation.
  • Couch surfing
  • Precariously housed


To create a sense of belonging in the Centre and within the community.

To offer services that enhance community and social participation.

Programs & Services

Enrollment in the Stepping Forward Programs include one-to-one counselling, access to drop-in, and a variety of group workshops.


  • Social and Community Engagement

Non-Housing First Supports

Available for participants who do not qualify for housing first programs and referred through End Homelessness.

  • Home Visits
  • One-to-one counselling
  • Advocacy services
  • Referral Services

Life Skills

Life Skills Training

Focus on personal development

Addictions Support

Harm Reduction approach to substance use.

One-to-one meetings and specific workshops.

Employment Readiness

Pre-employment preparation.

Skills building for people to adjust to independent living.


All intakes for the Stepping Forward Programs are done through Naatamooskakowin (Winnipeg Coordinated Access Points)

Intake PDF

Intakes for the Stepping Forward Life Skills Program please call 204-925-3076 or email

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Intakes for the Stepping Forward Life Skills Program