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Gearing up for the Coldest Night of the Year in Saskatoon

Great article in the Saskatoon Express about the Coldest Night of the Year which is coming up this Saturday, February 22nd. Click on the link here.Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 12.58.15 PM

There is still time to get involved! Join a team, volunteer, or pledge towards those that are braving the elements, all in support of the Bridge and the Lighthouse. Please be prepared for cold weather and dress appropriately!

Thanks to our lead sponsor KPMG, our neighbour-down-the-street!

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We are also fortunate to have the United Way come on board to be our event sponsor providing funds for the hand and feet warmers we will be providing to our walkers and volunteers.

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Also thank you to Moka Coffee and David’s Tea for their support to keep us warm and provide treats for our walkers.

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Patty and Tim Timmerman – Donor Story

The Lighthouse is incredibly thankful for the Timmerman family’s gift towards the Up Capital Campaign. Patty was the co-chair of the Lighthouse Radio-thon this past summer, and put in many hours resulting in a huge success! Patty also gives of her time to various other organizations such as Royal University Hospital and RMHS. Here they share why they decided to get involved at the Lighthouse:

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The staff and the residents of The Lighthouse are inspiring and we were inspired to help. The Lighthouse is not there to offer a hand-out, they are there to offer a hand-Up to those in need of a place to call home.  I would encourage everyone to take the time to have a tour of The Lighthouse and witness for themselves the wonderful work being done there.

–Patty & Tim Timmerman

Thank you to the Timmermans! If you would like to make a tour or a donation call DeeAnn at 306-653-0538 or donate online here.

Stabilization Emergency Shelter Now Open

New shelter opens

ShelterCalled the Stabilization Emergency Shelter, it’s a 20-bed facility at the Lighthouse in downtown Saskatoon. It’s designed for men and women who need a place to stay — but who may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
CTV Saskatoon 
Published Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:10PM CST 
Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:13PM CST

A new shelter that opened today is the first of its kind in Saskatoon.

Called the Stabilization Emergency Shelter, it’s a 20-bed facility at the Lighthouse in downtown Saskatoon. It’s designed for men and women who need a place to stay — but who may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Saskatoon already has a brief detox centre, but space is limited, and it’s mainly designed for people who need medical intervention.

The new shelter is for people who are homeless and may be under the influence – but don’t need medical attention.

It’s being funded by the federal government. Staff at the 20-bed dorm-style facility are trained to work with people who are under the influence.

Police say it will help take some of the pressure off police cells.

“It could mean up to two or three-thousand fewer people coming into our detention cells at the Saskatoon Police Service,” said Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill. “We’ve had people that we’ve housed 80, 90 times within a year.”

Clients are not allowed to bring alcohol or drugs into the shelter – but it does give them a safe place to stay.

“We know homelessness is often connected with mental illness, and substance abuse,” said Tracy Mugglie, head of Mental Health and Addiction services for the Saskatoon Health Region.

“Working with the Lighthouse will help reduce health disparity for these vulnerable members of the community.”

It’s also hoped support provided by the shelter will help people stabilize their lives, and move into housing.

Read more: http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/new-shelter-opens-1.1372779#ixzz2ZQnGTYoj

Thank You Heads Up Radio-thon Volunteers and Donors!

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Our Heads Up Radio-thon in support of the Lighthouse Capital Campaign on June 12th, 2013 was an amazing success thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and donors! Together we raised over $238,000 towards renovating the Dube Lighthouse (formally the Capri Hotel) and to expand our emergency shelter capacity and programming space.

We have over 60 volunteers help out from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm. Moms allowed their kids to skip class to help wave signs, serve coffee, and collect donations. Thank you to these amazing volunteers:

Lesley Courtney

Heather Kehoe

Erin Ens

Judy Rhode

Patty Timmerman

Bonnie Russell

Aimee Morgan

Kris Stephenson

Amanda Loraas

Cara Fritz

Terry Swan

Kendra Rodych

Tracy Rosner

Gail Sohen

Debbie Olsen

Susan Bristow

Angela Bergerman

Aiden Rogers

Jonathan Forrest

Janice Donnelly

Adele Karolat

Laurie Karwacki

Darlene Bell

Olivia Yuel

Kelly Porter

Renee Gauthier

Chelsea Korpan-Sparks

Dianna Stampe

Terry Swan

Sheldon Mathies

Carmen Schick

Robert Dombowsky

Graeme Zirk

Anthony Thoen

Joe & Jean Doneaur

Deanne Opdahl

Rae Mudrey

Cheyenne McLelland

Kristy Dean

Phaedra Hitchings

Cole Rodych

Nolan Rohlicek

TJ Smith

Brooke MacBain

Michaila Lukowich

Julia Lukowich

Elizabeth Gorsalitz

Conrad Timmermann

Drew MacBain

Roman Timmerman

Owen Weiss

Brock Ochitwa

Payton Ochitwa

Emma Russell

Olivia Bell and her friends Claire, Shay, Elly, Cali, Kate