Archive | June, 2012

The Lighthouse on YouTube

Over the last several months The Lighthouse has been posting videos to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/thelighthousesk.  Over the summer we will be releasing a couple of videos a week of client stories, interviews with staff, and discussions with volunteers.  All of them will be posted here but if you want to see what we have done, give us a follow and help us spread the word about the work that The Lighthouse is doing in Saskatoon.

The Lighthouse on YouTube

Looking for housing?

If you are looking for supported living suites, our rental application form is now online and easy to fill out.  All of our application forms go to our housing manager, Chris Powell who evaluates each of them based on need and suitability.  We have also posted The Lighthouse house rules online as well.

Supported Living Application Form

If you have any questions, email housing@lighthousesaskatoon.org or call 306.653.0538.  You can still drop by at anytime and fill out an application form in person the old fashioned way (with pen and paper). 

The Lighthouse takes over Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventures

Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventures

On June 1st, The Lighthouse took possession of Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventures near North Battleford, Saskatchewan.  Here is the description of what Blue Mountain is.

It’s 8 quarters of some of the hilliest and beautiful land in the middle of the Thickwood Hills in Saskatchewan and features a chalet, cabins, three different zip lines, two different paintball courses, a stocked trout fishing pond, and miles and miles of cross country and mountain bike trails.

Blue Mountain’s lodge & campground is a year round facility located in the heart of a spectacular recreational area nestled in the middle of the Thickwood Hills where it is close to abundant fishing, wildlife and recreation.

The local area has numerous hiking, mountain bike, horseback, and cross country ski trails to explore. It is the perfect spot for the adventurer or outdoor enthusiast.  Whether you are looking for a secluded spot to tent in or a place to park your RV, we have just what you are looking for.

Blue Mountain offers incredible opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding or cross country skiing. It’s also a great place for bird watching and wildlife viewing, so remember to bring your camera!

Blue Mountain is a convenient location for day trips – only an hour from Saskatoon.

See the sights, then retreat to the peace and solitude of your campfire or one of our cozy cabins at the end of the day. Fall asleep gazing at the stars and wake up in the morning to the sound of birds, the rushing river and the sight of towering mountains.

Open year-round, we encourage winter camping – a terrific time to experience the amazing Northern Lights. For something a little different, come spend Christmas or New Year’s at Blue Mountain.

You can connect to Blue Mountain online in a variety of ways.

The reason The Lighthouse purchased Blue Mountain is that offers the residents of The Lighthouse a tranquil environment beyond the inner city where homeless men and women from across Saskatchewan can realize their full potential and positively change their lives.  The goal is to use it connect with residents, help them experience something that many never had an opportunity to enjoy themselves, and use it to learn the basic life skills necessary to sustain employment and independence. It’s a big step for The Lighthouse but we are looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity it gives us to make a difference in the people we serve.

For more information on Blue Mountain and how it fits into what The Lighthouse is doing, contact DeeAnn Mercier at deeann.mercier@lighthousesaskatoon.org.

Corporate staff roll up sleeves to help agencies

From The StarPhoenix

Woman of the Lighthouse Supported Living women’s shelter will now have a brighter place of refuge.

On Wednesday, eight corporate staff from Potash Corporation rolled up their sleeves and pitched to turn the unfinished shelter into a place that looks more like home.

DeeAnn Mercier, director of communications with Lighthouse Supported Living said the extra help could not come soon any sooner.

“We needed to use the building as soon as the space was available but we didn’t get to put those finishing touches towards it,” said Mercier.

“We’re so thankful for United Way and Potash Corp. for coming to give our woman’s shelter a little bit of a facelift, It’s through organizations like this that we’re able to go above and beyond and do better for our clients and they deserve better.”

The needed help is all part of United Way’s 13th annual Day of Care where local corporations and businesses spend a day to help community agencies and programs that receive assistance through United Way.

“We make the match between the agencies that need the assistance and the corporations that are willing to give a number of employees or if there is a financial (need) they are can sponsor as well,” said Myra Potter, director of resource development with the United Way.

More than 150 volunteers left the United Way’s pancake breakfast kick off, ready to help local organizations with building renovations, gardening and community events across the city.

Affinity Credit Union, SaskEnergy and the Canadian Blue Cross were just some of the major contributors.

Mosaic also donated their staff in helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area with an indoor barbecue for children.

Last year, Potash Corp. donated $737,000 to the local United Way program and while with United Way said that cash donations are greatly appreciated, sometimes an organization just needs an extra hand around the house.

“Sometimes we have projects where we just need people with enthusiasm and commitment to get the job done. It’s really an example of United Way stepping out of the traditional fundraising model,” said Potter.

Potter believes the day not only benefits the organizations but also the volunteers themselves, prompting them continue to help their community in the future.

“(We are) reaching out to the community in different way and fulfilling our mission to be a volunteer and act. This is really connecting the donors to the community,” said Potter.

Built more than a century ago, the Lighthouse Supported Living shelter was originally a hotel, with numerous hotel chains owning the builder over the years.

The building was later donated to Lighthouse in 1997 to help women and men who experience poverty, homelessness and disabilities, housing 64 shelter rooms with a maximum occupancy of 68 people.

Three meals are given a day and are able to take various support programs.

A bingo hall once stood where the newly renovated, 21 bed woman’s shelter is now, which opened in January.

The shelter is part of new renovations at Lighthouse which will include a future nursing centre and employment centre.

A new building tower that will house 58 affordable living units will is also be added on.

A mural along with night tables, new bedding and care packages were some of the final touches Potash Corporation added to the women’s shelter.

“Women want to stay some place nice, some place that feels like home, where they feel secure. They are going through a very stressful and probably traumatic period in their life and we want to offer them a refuge and a safe place,” said Mercier.

“It’s transformational when you can take a day of your life and know that you’re really having an impact on somebody else’s life and that’s what its all about. I think the volunteers are transformed because they get step out of their typical day in the office and do something magical,” said Potter.

For information on how to volunteer in the community, call the United Way at 975-3477 or visit www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca

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