The WestEnd Commons is a project of St Matthews Non Profit Housing Inc., a partnership between Grain of Wheat Church-Community and St Matthew’s Anglican Church.
The current upper floors of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church have been transformed into 26 homes for families with priority given to: single parent families, newcomers to Canada, First Nation’s families, people with mental health challenges, and others. The WestEnd Commons consists of a 1,000 sq. foot atrium, 4 one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, 5 three-bedroom, and 2 four-bedroom apartments. On November 1, 2014 we began welcoming families to their new homes.
For 40 years the lower level of 641 St. Matthews Ave. has been a Neighbourhood Resource Center. Various agencies and community groups work in the Neighbourhood Resource Centre to support the people of West Central Winnipeg. The WestEnd Commons is also home to several distinct worshipping congregations including St.Matthew’s Anglican Church and the Grain of Wheat Church-Community.
It’s not easy being green but The WestEnd Commons is committed to it. The Board along with the design and building team have a strong commitment to environmentally friendly design and construction. Wood from the interior of St. Matthew’s Church and even items from the former airport were salvaged and reused in the new construction. Energy efficient lighting and appliances, finishes with low volatile organic compounds and water efficiency are hallmarks of the building.