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Goods Donation

The Lighthouse North Battleford is looking for a donation of goods. If you’d like to help the hungry, homeless and hurting in your community here is a list of what we need:                                                                                     Donation stock image

Powder juice mix
Sandwhich meat
Granola bars
Snack size apple sauce
Juice boxes
Toothbrushes
Travel sized toothpaste
Feminine products
Disposable razors
Bath towels
Socks

Feel free to drop off goods anytime during the day. Thank you for your kindness!

Meal Programs

Meals are a key part of the service the Lighthouse provides.

Meals are a key part of the service the Lighthouse provides.

We have been serving an increasing amount of meals ever since we opened. In fact we are serving more people meals than spend the night. We are serving over 200 meals a week.

We have also had a few people drop off cases of lunch meat which has been really helpful! If you would like to donate food products please call 306-445-3600.

The Lighthouse is also seeking families or groups to come on Saturday mornings to prepare pancake breakfasts. We would greatly appreciate your help in serving the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community.

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CTV Story on Lighthouse Emergency Shelter

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Thank you to CTV for their report on the Grand Opening of the Lighthouse in the Battlefords. We had a great turn out and were so pleased to be able to officially open our doors and begin serving those in need of a warm place to stay, a good meal, or a hot shower.

Watch the video on CTVnews.ca to see visuals of the space and interviews with staff, community members and clients.

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Grand Opening of the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter Serving the Battlefords

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Battleford’s most vulnerable citizens will have an emergency shelter to use in times of crisis thanks to support from the Government of Canada and the BATC Community Development Corporation (BATC CDC). The Lighthouse purchased the Reclaim Outreach Centre for an innovative shelter designed for homeless residents in the city.

The grand opening will take place on Monday, February 9th at 10:30am at The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords, 962 102nd St. in North Battleford.

The Lighthouse has designated space for men, women, and families, as well as a dorm for individuals who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Day-time programming, case management, and meals will also be available on site for those who are using the shelter’s services.

The funding from the Federal Government, through the Rural and Remote Homelessness Partnering Strategy allowed for needed renovations of the existing facility, including a fire suppression system, kitchen upgrade, and additional washrooms and shower space.

MP Gerry Ritz brings greetings on behalf of the federal government

MP Gerry Ritz brings greetings on behalf of the federal government

“The federal government is pleased to support the Lighthouse initiative in North Battleford, which will help take pressure off of hospitals and police cells, while keeping people safe, especially in our brutally cold winters.” Minister Gerry Ritz, Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster.

In addition, the BATC CDC has provided funds for furnishing and operational dollars for the Lighthouse in the Battlefords. “Thanks to the support we have receive from HPS and the BATC CDC, we were able to renovate and provide emergency shelter and connects to permanent long-term housing in the community for chronic and episodically homeless people in the Battlefords area,” Executive Director of the Lighthouse Supported Living, Don Windels said.

“Supporting the development of healthy communities is the vision of BATC CDC, and by providing financial support to the Lighthouse, all those involved are making a difference for The Battlefords, surrounding communities and our First Nations.” said Chief Lori Whitecalf of Sweetgrass First Nation. Chief Whitecalf is a Board of Director with BATC CDC and is also the Tribal Chair for Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.

The Lighthouse currently operates an emergency shelter for men and women, supported living suites, and independent affordable housing suites in Saskatoon. Additionally, the Lighthouse opened a Stabilization Unit last summer for those who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs to provide a safe, supervised place to sleep.

Lighthouse Emergency Shelter Now Open

The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords Emergency Shelter is now open. Serving men, women and families, who are experiencing a lack of housing or their current home is unsafe, we provide a welcoming atmosphere with warm meals, showers, and programming to help find appropriate housing in the wider community.

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The women’s dorm rooms can be used for families or for individuals with counter and sink space in each.

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Storage for those we serve.

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The men’s bed are outfitted with pillows, sheets and comforters when a guest checks in.

 

If you know someone in need of a place to spend the night in the Battlefords please call 306-445-3600. The shelter is located at 962 102nd St. in North Battleford.

 

Photos from the Funding Announcement for the Battlefords Emergency Shelter

Thanks to the generosity of BATC Community Development Corporation for their donation of $275,000 towards the renovation of the Reclaim Outreach Centre into an Emergency Shelter. The community of Battlefords showed their support by their large turn out at the media announcement on October 3, 2014. The Lighthouse hopes to have a grand opening of the building and begin to have people stay over night in the next 6 to 8 weeks.

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Support from BATC Community Development Corporation announced for Lighthouse Supported Living Emergency Shelter to open in North Battleford

The BATC Community Development Corporation (BATC CDC) announced today a grant of $275,000 to the Lighthouse Supported Living for the development of a new emergency shelter in North Battleford. A cheque presentation today at 11 am welcomed the Lighthouse to the Battlefords.

The Lighthouse will be providing emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness, 3 meals a day for those who are staying there, and programming and support to help individuals find and retain housing in the Battlefords.unnamed

“When a group from the Battlefords approached the Lighthouse to inquire what steps were needed to secure a 24-hour emergency shelter, it seemed like a natural fit for the Lighthouse to be the organization that lead the project,” Executive Director of the Lighthouse Supported Living, Don Windels said. “Our work in Saskatoon running an emergency shelter and Stabilization Unit has prepared us for some of the issues we know individuals are experiencing in the Battlefords.”

“BATC CDC is pleased to a part of an initiative that meets our vision of supporting the development of healthy communities,” Chairperson of BATC CDC, Neil Sasakamoose said.  “The Lighthouse will provide a safe and warm environment at any hour, on any given day, especially in our winter months.”

“To have a facility that will provide support and resources to the people of our First Nations, the Battlefords and surrounding communities, will only be a benefit,” said Chief Lori Whitecalf of Sweetgrass First Nation. Chief Whitecalf is a Board of Director with BATC CDC and is also the Tribal Chair for Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.

The Lighthouse has already purchased a property in downtown North Battleford for use as a shelter but the building requires extensive upgrades including a proper fire suppression system. The shelter expects to open its doors to those who are homeless or struggle to find a safe place to live in November. The grand opening of the Lighthouse Supported Living Emergency Shelter in North Battleford will be announced at a later date.

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A men’s and women’s dorm as well as a separate area for those who are intoxicated will be in the facility, as well as rooms for families. Admission to the shelter will be denied to highly intoxicated and/or violent individuals who may pose a threat to themselves or others. In those cases, the police will be called.

The Lighthouse currently operates an emergency shelter for men and women, supported living suites, and independent affordable housing suites in Saskatoon. Additionally, the Lighthouse opened a Stabilization Unit last summer for those who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs to provide a safe, supervised place to sleep.

 

About BATC Community Development Corporation:

BATC Community Development Corporation (BATC CDC) is responsible for distributing a portion of the Gold Eagle Casino profits by providing financial support to non-profit and charitable organizations. Our area of support includes the Battlefords and surrounding communities, the First Nations within Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs and Battlefords Tribal Council, and several independent First Nations. BATC CDC continually meets its vision of supporting the development the healthy communities, by implementing the core value, “improving the quality of life”.

 

For more information, contact:

 

DeeAnn Mercier

The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.

Email: deeann.mercier@lighthousesaskatoon.org

 

 

Vivian Whitecalf, General Manager

BATC Community Development Corporation

Email: vivian.whitecalf@batc.ca