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.
“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.