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Lighthouse opens new soup kitchen

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Fresh, free food for the city’s needy is now on the menu at a downtown shelter.

The Lighthouse has opened a new soup kitchen at its downtown headquarters. The shelter will now provide free meals to the public twice a week.

For people like Harry McLeod, the new community kitchen is welcome.

“It’s important for families who are struggling for food and shelter,” McLeod told reporters Monday at the kitchen’s grand opening.

McLeod spent years on the street and now lives at The Lighthouse. While the new kitchen is aimed at helping people who don’t already live at the assisted living facility, he said he looks forward to frequenting the new kitchen.

Aside from cooking free suppers twice a week, the newly renovated kitchen will also provide cooking classes for people who want learn to cook healthy meals on their own.

The Lighthouse’s DeeAnn Mercier said the new kitchen will be a valuable resource for people who struggle to make ends meet.

“When rents go up, a lot of people take money out of their food budget in order to pay their bills, so money becomes very tight. There is just not enough to go around,” Mercier said.deeann

Other popular soup kitchens in Saskatoon, like the one at the Friendship Inn on 20th Street, don’t serve supper, Mercier noted. That means people on the street still go hungry at night.

The shelter expects as many as 60 people to frequent the free meal service in the first few months. After the holidays, demand will like increase, Mercier predicted.

The kitchen will be fully staffed by volunteers and its shelves will be stocked with donated food. Mercier said she hopes the kitchen will bring in new people to The Lighthouse.

“They will come in, get to know us and we can talk to them, maybe before they lose their house,” she said.

Cameco provided the funding to renovate the kitchen and plans to help staff it with volunteers.

Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop in Centre Mall this weekend and next!

 

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Thank you to those you stopped by and gave to the Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop. We are located in the Centre Mall this weekend and next, asking for your donations to help those who are experiencing homelessness this winter. You can also donate via this very site! Click www.lighthousesaskatoon.org/givehope/.

Your donations help us expand the good work the Lighthouse is already doing in the community. This year your donations have helped with such various things such as expanding the hours of the Mobile Outreach, purchasing bug-proof mattresses, and helping purchase art supplies for Saturday programming.

To read more about the Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop read this great article from the Metro News which you can read here.

A video will be coming soon!

Amazing Amount Raised!!

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22 teams participated in the first Amazing Race – Lighthouse Edition and challenged their friends, family and co-workers to pledge towards their team. Over a dozen mini-challenges through out the downtown encouraged teams to work together and learn about various organization and non-profits in downtown Saskatoon.

For more pictures of the event please see click here. Thank you to Patti Timmerman for her photography and Bob Holtsam for editing and posting.

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Our 30 volunteers came with their enthusiasm and community-spirit. A great thank you goes to you as well!

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We could not have done this without various host locations around downtown Saskatoon including Persephone Theatre, the Saskatoon Food Bank, the Clothing Depot, Freedom Functional Fitnessthe Downtown Firehall, and Booster Juice in Midtown Plaza. Their willingness to have 45 people compete in their facility was greatly appreciated.

Our sponsors donated prizes, in-kind and monetary donations. Community partners are what allow us to put on events like this.

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Team Divorce Divas raised the most amount of funds and received two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies. Our winning team of the competition was Team Tatlow from PA, followed closely by Team Extreme and Team SBC Recess Guardians.

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All funds raise are going towards the Lighthouse Mobile Outreach which transports individuals in need of emergency shelter. Winter will soon be upon us and a safe, warm place because life saving to those we serve. Thank you so much for your support!!

Seeking Teams for the Amazing Race!!

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Sign up your team for the Amazing Race – Lighthouse Edition. Teams of two will compete in mini challenges in downtown Saskatoon with an after-celebration at Hudson’s. The top fundraising team will receive two tickets anywhere WestJet flies and the winning team will receive a prize pack including a two nights stay at the Lost Creek Resort in Saskatoon! We hope that you will join us!!

Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors:

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