About Us

Our Mission

To provide emergency, overnight shelter in a safe environment for those in greatest need in the Steinbach area.

What We Are

Today House is a not-for-profit, integrated community-based program that provides immediate, overnight emergency temporary shelter for individuals who are homeless or street involved.  The shelter is governed by a Board of Directors. Homeless or near homeless people bring with them individual histories of hardship.  We are committed to operating on a client centered model where sensitivity to the challenges and difficulties faced by the individual are the starting point. As an organization we are committed to creating an environment that is respectful, safe, and does not in any way undermine human dignity.  For people who occupy mainstream society, basic needs such as shelter, security, health and daily provisions are readily accessible.  People who occupy the margins of society often do not have the same assurances.  Furthermore, stigmatization keeps these individuals removed from mainstream society and essentially disenfranchises them from addressing their basic needs and from enjoying their inherent right to human dignity.

Board of Directors

Today House’s Board members are dedicated to providing the best possible services to those in need.

Curtis KrahnDr. Curtis Krahn

Curtis has practiced medicine in Steinbach for over 32 years and one year in aboriginal medicine in outback Australia.  Although interested in all aspects of family medicine, he recently has been especially involved in cancer and palliative care, geriatrics and emergency in addition to regular practice.  Curtis believes in the next generation and has been involved in teaching for over 25 years. The draw towards medicine as a reflection of faith rather than as a business has led him to travel extensively in Asia, Africa and Latin America and to be involved in projects in the developing world.  He believes in community and in local initiatives such as Today House. Curtis is married to Debbie, a palliative care nurse and together they have 3 grown sons, all of whom have their mother’s brains and good looks, and one daughter-in-law.  Curtis’ other passions include wilderness, photography,  people, travel and good conversation.


Irene Kroeker

Vice Chair

Irene has been married to John for over 45 years.  They enjoy being actively involved with their 2 married children and 6 grandchildren.  Irene has retired from teaching after 26 years, her last position was as a resource teacher at Niverville Collegiate. Her retirement ‘career’ is directing Steinbach Community Outreach, working with the homeless and the desperately poor in Steinbach.  This volunteer position branches off into other areas such as being involved with Soup’s On and the Alternative Justice Committee.  Today House is a long awaited addition into our city, filling in a much needed gap in being able to present emergency aid to our homeless people in Steinbach!


Linda Peters

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Currently working as the Executive Director at the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce and Eastman Immigrant Services, Linda is passionate about building a better community.  Businesses need healthy communities in order to succeed, and communities need vibrant businesses in order to prosper.  By connecting business, government, the public and the many non-profit organizations in our community, Linda believes we truly can create a welcoming community where everyone is valued. Linda is happily married to Richard, mother to three grown children, and a gramma who loves chocolate!


Moni Loewen

Secretary

A life-long resident of the Steinbach area, Moni holds a Bachelor of Recreation Studies degree from the University of Manitoba and has worked in the field of recreation for more than 16 years.  Moni is currently the Executive Director of ROC (Recreation Opportunities for Children) Eastman, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting children and youth, living in poverty, to positive recreation opportunities.  Moni has extensive knowledge and experience in both the private and public sectors and enjoys developing partnerships between the two.  Moni is a member of the Chrysalis Fund, a philanthropic women’s giving circle in Steinbach that promotes growth and positive change in children and youth.  While dedicated to serving the needs of people in the community, Moni still finds time for her busy household and family that includes her husband, two children, two dogs, a cat and a horse.


Allan PennerAllan Penner

Third generation owner of a family trucking company makes Allan very proud of what his grandfather and father have left as a legacy in the community of Steinbach.  He is a board member of the Canadian Trucking Association and is one of the past presidents of the Manitoba Trucking Association.   His passion for curling has seen him at the curling rink volunteering on the executive and coaching the youth. Allan enjoys moments of relaxation at the lake with his wife.  He has 3 sons, 3 daughter-in-laws, 2 African daughters, and 5 grandchildren.


Simone Penner

Chair Person

Simone has been involved with Today House since its onset in 2012.  “I love being part of a Board with such a passion to help others.  Their purpose and aspiration is to offer hope to those experiencing homelessness in our community.”

Simone has been involved with not for profit organizations for many years.  She was as treasurer of Soup’s On, the local soup kitchen and is presently treasurer of The Chrysalis Fund, a philanthropic women’s giving circle in Steinbach that promotes growth and positive change in children and youth.  She is also involved with the Refugee Committee at Grace Mennonite Church.

Steinbach has been home to Simone for over 36 years.   She has 5 grandchildren and if you ask her she will tell you, “Those are the best “volunteer days” when I have them all to myself, no parents around!”    The loves of her life are her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughter-in-laws, 2 African daughters, and 5 grandchildren.

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Anthony Robbins


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Harold has been a resident of Steinbach, MB for the past five years. Having graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1985 with a Bachelor of  Commerce (Hons), Harold joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 31 years ago, and has enjoyed working in Toronto, Winnipeg, The Pas, Lynn Lake and now, Steinbach.  He has been very fortunate to experience this adventure with his wife Debbie, and their two children, John and Lauren.


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Growing up in Steinbach, with parents who believed in community involvement, has given Bev a foundation of trying to help where she can.   Bev knows that everyone needs extra care from time to time and a place to belong.  She is pleased to be part of Today House and the critical work that we do in helping people at vulnerable times. Bev has been a nurse in Steinbach for many years and is currently working in the Steinbach Community Cancer Clinic.  She is a part of The Chrysalis Fund, a philanthropic women’s giving circle, aimed at promoting positive change for children and youth.  She is a board member of Square One World Media, a Christian organization dedicated to producing global media content in 6 languages. She is married to Randy, they have 2 children and their spouses, and 2 “perfect” grandchildren.  She enjoys travelling and being active outdoors.


Katherine Bergen

Shelter Coordinator

Born and raised in the Steinbach area, Katherine has seen and been a part of the community growth. Passionate about the place she calls home, she was drawn to become a volunteer with Today house.  As a volunteer she was humbled by her interaction with the guests and hearing their stories. Katherine believes there is nothing more rewarding then giving back and making a difference in the lives of people in a community that has given so much. Her background and life experience have positioned her well to understand the wide diversity of people and social conditions represented across the community, creating a passion that has led to 11 years of service in the care giving field. In 2013, she studied at Red River College to obtain her health care aide certificate, and has since enjoyed her service to seniors in the Steinbach and surrounding communities. Her leisure time is spent enjoying many outdoor activities such as, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing with her husband Matt and son Darson.

“Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life” –Molly Marty


Willi and Erna Wiebe

House Parents

Willi and Erna Wiebe grew up in Paraguay, South America. They started their married life in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. There they worked in the National Psychiatric Hospital for two years, then moved to BC, Canada.  Erna worked as a cook in a personal care home for 10 years while Willi completed his BA in Psychology and Masters in Counseling Psychology at Trinity Western University. Willi and Erna returned to Paraguay with their two little girls (now adults), where Erna was a stay at home mom and managed a hobby farm. Willi worked half-time at a private psychiatric hospital as a counselor and taught at the local psychiatric nursing school. The other half-time, Willi worked in Social work, counseling, managed group homes with mentally and physically challenged people, and taught at the hospital nursing school, local bible school as well as at the Christian University in Asunción. Currently Willi is working as a counselor in a lead position in a centre in Winnipeg, with a satellite office in Steinbach. They enjoy working with people at a local church, in the community and now at Today House. They love nature, fishing and traveling as couple as well as with family.


Retired Sergeant Bill RichardsBill Richards

Ex Officio Member – Security Liaison, Responsible Officer for Abuse Policy & Harassment Prevention Coordinator

Bill Richards was born and raised in Lindsay, ON.  He attended York University in Toronto where he received his B.A. in Political Sciences and then furthered his education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON where he received his Bachelor of Education degree.  He taught at Young Offender Correctional Centers in both Lindsay and Simcoe, ON.  He has also done substitute teaching, driving a courier truck and worked at a funeral home.  At this point he moved west and was employed for the Alberta Solicitor General’s Office as Probation/Parole Officer at Peace River from 1980 -1984.  He worked in both community and numerous correctional centers (provincial jails.)  For one year, Bill was District manager for Community Corrections at Vegreville, AB.  In July, 1985 he joined the RCMP.  His posting in Steinbach, where he was promoted as a Corporal was from 1997-2008.  From 2008 to November 2010 Bill was promoted to Detachment Commander in Fisher Branch. He is married and describes his wife as follows,  “Cindy is a wonderful, caring, understanding, beautiful but most of all patient wife,  who I met in Neepawa in 1990.” Between the two of them, they have five children, three of whom reside in this area, one in Peterborough and one in North Battleford. His hobbies are swimming, canoeing, camping and spending time loving his three grandchildren.  Bill is retired from RCMP but will keep himself busy working for them part time and teaching at Red River Community College in Steinbach. His goals –  he and Cindy  plan on retiring in Steinbach and doing their part in making this community safe and comforting to all who are in need.  He adds, “ OK, sure, I also want to try  to figure out what’s possibly so exciting about chasing a little white ball around on grass looking for a hole!”

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