Ministries & Social Enterprises
Social enterprises are businesses with a specific social purpose. At SMRUC we are exploring how social enterprises can be used to advance social good in our community. We support, partner with, and operate a number of social enterprises and ministries that help to make our communities better and that live out our mission and put our faith into action.
Walking with Purpose
A social enterprise supported by St. Mary's Road United Church
Camino Manitoba was formed in recognition that there is a desire for gaining spiritual health through walking but that the experience can and should be available closer to home and with shorter time commitments. The meditative nature of walking for as many as 8 hours in a day along with physical challenge has been shown to promote wellness in many ways. Camino Manitoba adds to this individual journey a communal aspect, the benefits of meeting others and traveling together.
Camino Manitoba is a new social enterprise (non-profit business) dedicated to promoting simple living, spiritual health and overall well-being.
Fly and Camel Cafe
Music with Purpose
A social enterprise of St. Mary's Road United Church
Described by the Winnipeg Free Press as "a hidden gem in the community", the café hosts several coffee-house style events during the year. Since its launch in 2011, the café has held between 35 and 40 events, and generally holds around five a year.
During the first seven years, the Cafe has welcomed some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians as headliners, such as Juno nominees Don Amero, Erin Propp and Jaylene Johnson, and multiple Juno winner Steve Bell.
We try to have a mix of secular and faith-based music, and we want everyone, including the musicians — especially the musicians — to have a good time.
This social enterprise also serve as alternating fundraisers for both the church and different community organizations, which have included Hospitality House Refugee Ministry and Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, among others.
Watch for upcoming events on the SMRUC Facebook page.
St. Mary's Road Foodbank
Helping those in need
A ministry of St. Mary's Road United Church
For over 25 years the St. Mary's Road United Church foodbank has helped those in need in our community. A depot for Harvest Manitoba, the foodbank serves over 600 clients monthly. The food bank is supported by generous donations of time, money, and food from our church members, community members, and local businesses and operates weekly throughout the year.