Every community, big or small, has a need to care for the people that call it home. Regina is home to a new organization on a mission to do just that. Break Free Outreach Ministries Inc. is dedicated to spreading love, compassion, and support to those in need. With a mission rooted in love and a belief in the inherent worth of every individual, Break Free Outreach has opened its doors to anyone who needs a hand.
In the centre of Break Free Outreach's mission is the belief that every person deserves to be seen, heard, and cared for, regardless of their background or circumstances. The organization actively engages with the local community, providing outreach programs and services to support homeless individuals, low-income families, and those facing various life challenges.
Access to Break Free Outreach starts with their Drop-In Centre, a space where community members can find programs and services, enjoy a cup of coffee, and engage in meaningful conversations. It is a safe place where acceptance and belonging are deeply felt, a place where everyone is valued and part of something meaningful. “Our Drop-In Centre is our central place to meet those that need help,” says Janet Dillabaugh, executive director at Break Free Outreach. “It’s a caring place to anyone and everyone who needs it. Everyone is welcome to visit us.”
One of their impactful programs is EmpowerKids™, providing children aged 6 to 11 with opportunities and essential life skills. Through activities such as arts and crafts, cooking and music lessons, children are equipped with tools to navigate challenges and build their confidence. The program not only enriches their lives now but also sets them on a path toward a promising future. ““We have up to 30 children attending this initiative at any given time, with 10 of those kids taking weekly piano lessons. We are working on expanding our music program to include voice and guitar,” says Janet. “If you have skills you can share with our kids, we’d love to hear from you.”
Soon to open is Break Free Outreach's kitchen. More than just a place to prepare food, it’s a hub of nourishment, learning, and empowerment. Through their kitchen programs, individuals of all ages will learn essential cooking skills, learning to plan and prepare nutritious meals. “We envision our kitchen to not only serve meals through our lunch program, but to also become a social enterprise,” says Janet. “We’re hoping to help people learn how to cook and serve food as a job skill, empowering them to find meaningful employment.”
As the holiday season arrives, it’s also a time to think about giving not just gifts but also giving back. Break Free Outreach gratefully accepts donations of food, clothing and household items, as well as volunteer time and funds. “Christmas is a time to reflect on what we have and who we share it with, and to think of others who may not be as fortunate,” says Janet. “Giving is a reward unto itself, and know that when you give to help others, you’re making a real difference in someone’s life.”
In a world often filled with challenges, Break Free Outreach is a ray of hope, illuminating the path toward positive change and transformation. Learn more at breakfreeoutreach.ca or call 306.565.3113 for more information on how you can help through donations or volunteering.