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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.

Meet our Staff!

For the past two weeks we have been featuring our staff on Facebook, who they are and why the have chosen to work at the Lighthouse. Here is a collection of their reflections, in their own words.

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“Hi, my name is Erin Stone. I am 27 years old and have lived most of my life in The Battlefords. When I was 14 I moved to Edmonton, however I have always felt North Battleford was my home. When I moved back, I volunteered at The Lighthouse and was then offered a position. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve been at The Lighthouse for one year. Watching the clients making changed and growing in their lives makes me feel good knowing I was part of that journey. As a staff member, I have made great friends that I know will continue for a lifetime.”

 

 

 

 

IMG_0570“My name is Judy Armstrong. I started working at The Lighthouse 6 months after it opened. I am a casual employee as I work full-time at The Battlefords Interval House as a crisis counsellor, where I help abused women and children. I have been there for the past 16 years. Working at The Lighthouse has introduced me to many different people from all walks of life. At times it can be a challenging job, but the work we do here is very rewarding. Regardless of circumstances or what hand we have been dealt, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I look forward to coming to work and spending time with the clients their. Respect goes a long way.”

 

 

 

 

 

Jolaynee

“My name is Jolaynee Tootoosis, from Poundmaker Cree Nation, I am Nakoda/Cree, currently in my first year of university and my goal is to obtain a degree in either Education or Social Work. I love working at the Lighthouse because it allowed me to practice kindness and compassion and do my best to help others.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Hi, my name is Phyllis Lennie. I’m originally from Battleford and I am proud of my Metis Heritage. My work history consists of Family Service Worker in child protection, Emergency Duty Worker, Youth Worker and a Crisis Line Worker with the Battlefords Sexual Center. My position as a Support Worker at the North Battlefords Lighthouse has given me the opportunity to help those that are most vulnerable. The overwhelming support of our community through donations and volunteering has allowed our clients to gain faith not only in themselves; but with humanity as a whole. As I continue on my journey of life I give thanks for being able to assist those in need so that they to will find their way.”

 

 

 

 

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“Hi, my name is Shylo Bolig from Battleford, Sk. I am a single mother of a 23 year old daughter, and a 21 year old son. I am also a proud grandmother of a 3 year old grandson. I grew up in Battleford, and for the last 15 years I’ve been working in nursing at a nursing home in battleford and in addiction/mental health at Hopeview Recovery Centre. I came to work at the Lighthouse 1 year ago cause of my passion to be able to help out the less fortunate. I soon came to realize how quickly little families form and how the clients look out for each other. The reason I love working at the Lighthouse, not only for what I can do for them, but what they have also taught me along the way. Everyone has a story don’t be so quick to judge before they have had a chance to be heard.”

 

 

 

“My name is Cody Villeneuve and I was born and codyraised in North Battleford, Sk. I am a Metis child and single parent to 3 children. I have been working at The Lighthouse since the day we opened the doors. I learn everyday from the clients that reside here and I have watched how the staff and clients have formed a family. I have also learned we cannot judge people, only help them along their path. Whether they take the help is up to them, but at The Lighthouse, we will always be there to offer our help.”

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!

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.

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.

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