The men’s emergency shelter offers short term and emergency room and board to men with little or no resources. It has a total of 17 beds and houses men 16 years and older. Upon admission men are given a pillow, sheets, and bedding for the night. If needed we provide personal hygiene products and make sure they are aware of our Personal Needs Room which offers free clothing and other goods if they need it. In the morning men are woken up in time for a shower and to take advantage of a hot breakfast. Since it is a congregate setting, we do everything we can to make it comfortable for the men with everything from a snack when they arrive to free ear plugs to help them get a good night sleep.
The dorm is closed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the week while on the weekends, it is open 24 hours a day. While it is closed, our common areas and lounges are open which allows men who are not working or have nowhere to go to hang out and relax in comfort.
While many of our residents come to us hungry, we do our best to make sure that no one leaves The Lighthouse hungry. Most residents wake up to a hearty breakfast, a big lunch, and an excellent supper seven days a week. If they are working or have appointments, a bag lunch is available and of course we save a supper.
The Lounge and Secure Storage Areas
We lock up both our men’s and women’s shelter during the day. When they leave the shelter, we make it easy for them to head out to work, meetings, and appointments by providing a locked storage room. Each of their bags are tagged and the put on a shelf in a locked room. They can access their belongings at any time by asking the Support Staff to open the door. In addition to staff being there, the room is covered by a security camera for an additional level of security.
The lounge is open during the day for residents who don’t have anywhere to go. We have a big screen LCD television, comfortable sofas, tables and chairs, and some desktop computer for residents to put together resumes, surf the web, check email, and look for employment and rental units.
For residents who do not have cell phones, we do provide a landline in our lobby for residents to make phone calls on, for long distance phone calls we have a VOIP enabled phone which makes it far more affordable for them to keep in touch with friends and family around the world. Long distance calls cost 25 cents for as long as they want to talk for.
Through the generous support of the YMCA, we are able to give out Y-passes to residents so they can access the gym, pool and weight room at the YMCA free of charge.
Rules and Appeal Process
The Lighthouse does have rules for it’s emergency shelters to ensure that everyone is able to find a safe place to sleep. If any residents find that these rules are unfair, we also offer an appeals process that is available to any client.
For more information on The Lighthouse Emergency Shelter services for men, contact us at 306.653.0538 or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.