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.

Debbie Desautels

Debbie has called Steinbach home for 39 years and has been privileged to work, volunteer and build many lasting friendships. She is pleased to be part of Today House and the support it offers to the community. Debbie is a member of the Chrysalis Fund, a women’s giving circle aimed at promoting positive change for children and youth. The treasures in her life are her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and loves being Baba to her 3 precious grandchildren.

Dolly Fuchs

Dolly was born, raised, and currently lives in Steinbach. She graduated from Red River College in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.  Following graduation, she began working at the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper and continues to enjoy employment there.  Living, working and volunteering in Steinbach, Dolly has enjoyed building relationships with many members of the community.  She sees her service on the Today House Board as an honor to support those in need in our community.

Brittany Penner

Brittany graduated from the University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine in 2015. She completed her residency in Family Medicine in Steinbach in 2017 and has been practicing as a family physician in the area since. She divides her time between teaching residents and medical students and providing care for her patients both at Steinbach FamilyMedical and the Bethesda Regional Health Centre. She has a passion for the health of women, children, and vulnerable populations. She loves all things to do with reading, listening to audiobooks, traveling, and cats. Top five people she’d love to meet one day include J.K. Rowling, Cher, Emma Watson, Brene Brown, and the fifth is still up for grabs.

Retired Sergeant Bill Richards


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 ThunderBill Richards 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!”

Kent Ledingham

Kent was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and has resided in Steinbach since 2004. Having graduated with B.B.A. from Northwood University in Michigan and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, he went on to work  at General Motors Corporation for 8 years, working Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Toronto. After a short stint back in Regina, Kent and his family moved to Steinbach and purchased the local GM Dealership. Kent is currently a Past President of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association. It is his belief that partnerships between civic leadership, community leadership, and business leadership is essential to a strong welcoming community that support each other. Kent has been married to Caprice for over 20 years and has 3 Teenage Boys.


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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 over 30 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

Executive Director

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 more than 10 years of service in the caregiving field. Katherine currently sits on the Rural and Remote Advisory Board as a Board member with Homelessness MB.  In 2018 Katherine joined the Canadian Association on Rural and Remote Housing and Homelesness  as a coalition member.  Her leisure time is spent enjoying many outdoor activities such as, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing with her son Darson.

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


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