Archive | June, 2012

PotashCorp and the United Way Day of Caring

United Way of Caring with the PotashCorp

The 13th Annual United Way Day of Caring was today and The Lighthouse was joined by a team of passionate PotashCorp employees who painted and decorated our Women’s Emergency Shelter.  Here they are at work.

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These photos are the finished product.

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A special thanks to The United Way and to PotashCorp, you have no idea how much you have improved the lives of homeless women in Saskatoon!  It was was an extreme makeover.

United Way of Saskatoon and AreaPotashCorp

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Tour

Not only was The Lighthouse the site for a series of FCM Tours last week, we were host of The Governor General’s Leadership Conference tour today.  These are not your typical tours.  According to their website

Members will be divided into sixteen “study groups”. Each group will include individuals with highly diversified professional and cultural backgrounds, and each group will travel to a different region of Canada. Every effort will be made to ensure that participants tour an area of the country where they have had little previous experience.

The Study Tours are not conventional “visits” to factories and organizations. Each host organization understands at the outset that uninhibited individual and group face to face discussions with people at all levels are essential to the success of the visit. The locations for the tours are selected because of their potential usefulness as learning sites. They are, in essence, the Study Conference laboratories.

A typical day during the tour might consist of a plant visit in the morning followed by a meeting with the C.E.O. and senior management, an in-camera workshop with union leaders, a luncheon meeting at the local community centre with grassroots activists, a visit to a local school or hospital, and a dinner discussion hosted by the municipal council.

At the close of each day, participants meet with their fellow group members to discuss the issues that have been raised during the day. These lengthy sessions allow intensive exchanges of opinion among peers with vastly different backgrounds. The emphasis in these debates is not placed on finding solutions to the issues raised, but rather on increasing the members’ personal exposure to the views and perspectives of others. The discussion and debate is always rigorous.

The Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference Tour

We were honoured to have them stop by and spend some time with us!

Rock Bottom to Recovery

Check out this video that Hope Mission did about their Breakout Recovery program in Edmonton.  According to Hope Mission’s website;

The Breakout Recovery Community is a year-long, 12 step addiction recovery program which operates out of the Herb Jamieson Centre. The goal of the program is to provide men with supportive community, structure and accountability to help them make positive changes in their lives.

Men are admitted to the program on a continual basis and are provided with counselling, access to recreation and transitional housing.

In 2008/09 over 50 men celebrated at least one year in the program and in 2009/10 that number climbed to 80.

A wonderful video about an amazing program of hope and recovery.

Lighthouse 20th Anniversary T-Shirts

The Lighthouse's 20th Anniversary T-Shirts

You can purchase one of our 20th Anniversary t-shirts for only $10.  Each shirt was lovingly made by Hardpressed so not only are you supporting The Lighthouse and our efforts to eliminate homelessness in Saskatoon but you are supporting a great local company.   If you want a t-shirt, stop on by from 9a-5p and we will hook you up.

Here are a couple of photos of our shirts being made in the Hardpressed Studio in the basement of the Two Twenty

The Lighthouse's 20th Anniversary T-Shirts being made by hand at Hardpressed StudiosThe Lighthouse's 20th Anniversary T-Shirts being made by hand at Hardpressed StudiosThe Lighthouse's 20th Anniversary T-Shirts being made by hand at Hardpressed StudiosThe Lighthouse's 20th Anniversary T-Shirts being made by hand at Hardpressed StudiosThe Lighthouse's 20th Anniversary T-Shirts being made by hand at Hardpressed Studios

You are getting more than a t-shirt, you are actually getting a work or art.

DeeAnn Mercier with the new staff t-shirts

Hardpressed also created the new Lighthouse staff t-shirts which have been a big hit around The Lighthouse.

Rhoda’s Story of Homelessness and HIV in Saskatoon

When Mark Horvath of Invisible People was in Saskatoon, he took this video of Rhoda, who was at St. Paul’s Hospital at the time.

This what Mark wrote about the video.

“I kind of got used to living in jail because I had food to eat and a place to sleep” are words that should never come out of anyone’s mouth, especially not a gorgeous twenty seven year-old woman who has been homeless since fourteen.

601 Outreach Centre, a part of AIDS Saskatoon, took me to a local hospital where I was introduced to Rhoda. I get a little messed up with each homeless story, but Rhoda wrecked me. Besides sharing a candid story of drug use and homelessness, Rhoda insisted we go see where she lived before being admitted to the hospital, and where she will be living when the hospital feels she is “healthy” enough to be released. It’s a tent in a wooded area down a dirt road http://bit.ly/qDTkDS

PLEASE listen to this strong woman share her powerful story. It is not acceptable that hospitals, or jails, or any institution, knowingly exit people to the streets. The good news here is Rhoda’s grandmother said her and her husband can come live with her.

Point blank here! We need support for drug addicts long before they get HIV and years of street life destroys the person they should have become. Drug abuse is a result not a cause. As a young girl Rhoda felt the need to escape, and there was a point where the drugs took over. When I was an addict I needed drugs more than I needed air. How do we help people like Rhoda before it’s too late?