For our Heads Up Radio-thon in June, three of our tenants volunteered to tell their story anonymously on the radio, so listeners could hear first hand about what it was like to stay in the Lighthouse emergency shelter. In the following audio clips, Lighthouse clients share how their lives have been impacted by having stable, supportive housing in a caring, non-judgmental community.
These clients who generously shared their stories now live in the Dube Lighthouse Tower which encompasses our supported living suites. All three have experienced housing difficulties in the past, and are candid about the challenges that led them to staying in the emergency shelter.
Since these were originally aired during the Radiothon, they have the same short introduction. They were only briefly heard on the radio so we decided to post them on our blog as well.
Benny’s shares his story about struggling to make ends meet and not wanting to be a part of social services or institutions. Unfortunately this led to him not having a place to call home. After a stay in our emergency shelter, Benny moved into his own suite here at the Lighthouse. Listen to his story here: [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.lighthousesaskatoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BB.mp3″]
Jamie is a young man who previously lived on the streets and in Mental Health group homes. A recent highlight for Jamie was when he got to go on a day-trip with other tenants out of Saskatoon. Jaime was very excited that he got to go canoeing and got to have some treats from the convenience store. His favourite part of living at the Lighthouse is the food. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.lighthousesaskatoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/JJ.mp3″]
After a motor vehicle accident, Marie needed help living independently, and the Lighthouse’s Supported Living suites were the perfect answer. Marie is very appreciative of her suite here but also stresses the need for a renovation. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.lighthousesaskatoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SQ.mp3″]
If you would like to come for a tour or learn more about the Lighthouse call DeeAnn at 306-653-0538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate to the Lighthouse Capital Campaign visit: www.upsaskatoon.ca.