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Sign up to volunteer at the Lighthouse today!

IMG_0786 (1)How can you get involved at the Lighthouse? We have many different opportunities for people who want to volunteer.

-Shelter help: Assisting staff prep the shelter areas for the next night, including laundry and general cleaning.

-Kitchen help: Lend a hand in the kitchen with for our community meal program! Prep a meal and serve it, come down and serve a meal that has already been prepped, or assist staff from start to finish with a meal.
Our meal times are lunch from 12-1 and supper 5-6.


-Saturday Morning Pancake Breakfast: Every Saturday morning we are cooking up pancakes down at the shelter. This is a great opportunity to bring your whole family or come as a group and cook some pancakes.



If you’ve read this and thought… “Where do I sign up?” Give us a call and we can put you on the volunteer schedule. 306-445-3600.

Lighthouse One Year Anniversary!

The Lighthouse Serving The Battlefords is celebrating one year being open today!
Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 12.06.15 PMA few details from our 1st year. Around 2200 meals are served each month to the community. Over 400 different people used the emergency shelter, with just over 60 of those people being children, for a total of over 5000 bed stays. We helped 32 people with some of the highest need find housing with ongoing support through the Indian Metis Friendship Centre.

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 12.06.33 PMA huge THANK YOU to BATC CDC, Homelessness Partnership Strategy, the City of North Battleford and everyone from the community who has volunteered and supported the shelter.

We would also be so thankful, if to help celebrate our one year anniversary, you would walk with us or donate towards our first official fundraiser, the Coldest Night of the Year walk taking place on Feb 20th.
750_4244Donate online at https://coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/battlefords. All donations raised help support work in the Battlefords!
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Thank you to the agencies and individuals that remain dedicated to help us serve The Battlefords hungry, homeless, and hurting.

North Battleford Lighthouse helps the homeless, hungry

ANDREA HILL, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX
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Caitlin Glencross doesn’t turn people away.

The men, women and children who cross the threshold of the Lighthouse Supported Living Centre that she runs in North Battleford often have nowhere else to turn. All are homeless. Many are hungry and dirty. Some are drunk.

All are offered food, shelter, showers and laundry at the downtown North Battleford centre. If there isn’t enough room in the dorms, bedrolls are assembled in the dining room.

During the year since the North Battleford Lighthouse opened last January, more than 500 people have spent at least one night at the centre. More than 21,000 hot meals have been served.

“Whatever the gap is, we try to fill it,” Glencross said.

Glencross was working at The Lighthouse in Saskatoon nearly two years ago when North Battleford city officials toured the facility and proclaimed they wanted a similar shelter in their city. At the time, no facility provided continuous shelter or three meals a day in North Battleford.

“It was definitely a much rougher lifestyle for some of our clients,” Glencross said. “There were a lot of people that were going hungry.”

With funding from the federal and provincial governments and the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Community Development Corporation, The Lighthouse purchased a building in downtown North Battleford in the summer of 2014. After months of renovations, it opened in late January 2015.

A year later, Glencross said she can’t imagine North Battleford without it.

“I don’t know where all of these people in the community would go,” she said.

Demand has been so great that the shelter has had to increase the number of beds. It now has 45 and can still be filled to capacity, especially on cold nights.

Securing the money to keep the shelter functioning is an ongoing challenge, however.

DeeAnn Mercier, communications director with the Saskatoon Lighthouse, said both the Saskatoon and North Battleford locations struggle to obtain necessary funding, much of which comes from grants that may not be available the following year. This year, in addition to operational costs, money is needed to fix the leaky roof of the North Battleford shelter.

Despite the “great need” to open more Lighthouse shelters throughout the province to house and feed vulnerable people, there are no plans to open another location.

“We definitely have our hands full,” Mercier said.

When Glencross was offered the opportunity to head up the North Battleford Lighthouse, she was cautious. The city is known for having topped Statistics Canada’s crime severity index for cities with a population over 10,000 since the index’s inception in 2009.

But her experiences in the city have been nothing but positive, Glencross said.

It’s difficult to quantify the effect the Lighthouse has had on North Battleford crime, but Battlefords RCMP Insp. John Sutherland said anecdotally, it has reduced calls for police service because people who are intoxicated now have somewhere to go.

“That person doesn’t end up incarcerated, which really isn’t where they belong,” he said.

Many people end up getting off the streets entirely. During the last 12 months, Glencross said she has seen people who were on the streets for years moved into affordable housing.

“Just being able to come in and have a warm place, and have a bed, be fed, treated with dignity and respect, we’ve seen an improvement in a lot of these people’s lives,” she said. “I’ve seen people turn their lives around, I’ve seen people get the help they need, get stabilized.”

Some of those people will be back at The Lighthouse on Jan. 26, when the organization celebrates its first anniversary.

 

 

 

Original Article Posted Here.

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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