Quixote House

“Offering companionship in a safe, supportive, drug and alcohol-free residence, as men who struggle with disability, addictions, and feelings of rejection or loneliness, work to become financially stable and emotionally grounded."


Is Quixote House a boarding house for ex-cons?

Quixote House has been created to be a place of community and fraternal support and not an impersonal place of institution. It is a safe and secure home where ex-offenders have the opportunity to reintegrate into society in a supportive and communal environment.

Can anyone stay at Quixote House?
No. Quixote House is a development of the Next Step Program. Participants in the Next Step Program, ex-offenders, are evaluated and are then placed on a waiting list for entry into the house. Usually, men who stay at Quixote House have few, if any, ties to family or friends in Manitoba. While they are still under the parole system they must reside in Manitoba. There are few options for such ex-offenders to find a welcoming, stable and supportive home. 
Are the residents all ex-prisoners? What were their crimes and addictions?
While support staff do live in Quixote House as well, the majority of residents are ex-offenders. Their backgrounds are diverse. Some are artists, cooks, business-men, construction workers, farmers, and students. Their offences are varied and often addictions were a contributing factor to their incarceration.
How long can someone stay at Quixote House?

The residents at Quixote House are still subject to the conditions of their parole. Additionally, they continue to attend weekly Next Step meetings and take advantage of other community supports. Generally, as the end of their parole term approaches, residents make plans to move from Quixote House to new stable environments such as Massie House.

What does it cost to live at Quixote House?

All residents in the house, including support staff, pay room and board. Quixote strives to be self-sufficient. Under ideal conditions (with an optimal capacity of 9 individuals) the limited incomes of all the residents meet the expenses. However, because residents can come and go based upon parole times and release dates, there is often a fluctuation in the number of residents in the house and the income. Because of this, the community relies on Future Hope for funding and continued support.

Who is in charge at the residence? Who does what?
Quixote House strives to be a community. All members of the house share in responsibilities. The cooking and cleaning and shopping and maintenance, as would any other family. All have chores in and around the house, all look after each other. In that way the men have multiple “bosses”. Support staff journey with them, all of us together, often as “wounded healers”.