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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.

Coldest Night of the Year raises $30,000!

Coldest Night of the Year was an amazing day! Thank you to everyone who participated in The Battlefords Coldest Night of The Year walk! Whether you walked, volunteered, or donated, the community of The Battlefords made the day successful!!

 

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Thank you to our corporate sponsors Fortress Windows and Doors, Fishers Pharmacy, Discovery Co-Op, Bee-J’a Office Plus, and North Battleford Hyundai.
We surpassed our goal of $25,000, with a total just over $30,000!!! It was so encouraging to see so many community members out for the walk. We had 153 people participate yesterday!

On top of the money the community raise, the City of North Battleford provided a matching gift of $25,000 bring the total to $55,000!!Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 9.03.31 AM

The heart of North Battleford continues to shine through! We are so grateful as we continue to work together to help the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community.

Coldest Night of the Year Sponsors

We have received our first event sponsorship from The Discovery Co-Op! Thank you very much for becoming an event sponsor.

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Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the emergency shelter, and our current total is sitting at $4,212.

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If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor, please give us a call at 306-445-3600, or email hello@lighthousenorthbattleford.org.

To sign up to walk with us on the Coldest Night of the Year, click here!

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!

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.

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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