This Wednesday the Lighthouse is hosting a Heads Up Fundraising Event with C95, Magic 98.3, and the Bull 92.9 live on location. Tune in to hear stories of transformation, recovery, and hope from those we serve. Call and make a donation to help expand our services and renovate our supported living suites.
If you are in Saskatoon, come down for a tour to see for yourself why the Lighthouse is an important part of your community. We will be serving coffee and treats, and a chili meal over the lunch hour. Give a donation in person and join with us as we continue building people Up!
This is the second time Donna has stayed at the Lighthouse since I started working here one year ago. The first time she stayed in the shelter she was often under the influence which resulted in her not being able to stay with us.
Donna has since cleaned up and is moving on to the next steps in her life. She is a very caring mother and new grandmother and is trying to be a better role model.
Donna states that she wishes there was a limited for how many women can stay in the shelter. There is a limit – 25 women – but this August is the first time we have gotten close to being that full, so it feels very different than it has in the past. It is a dormitory-style room, so that’s a lot of different personalities sleeping in a room together.
The Lighthouse is actually one of three women’s shelters in the city, including the YWCA and Mumford House. I know they are very full as well.
Why are the shelters so full these days? Before I started working here I would have assumed that emergency shelter’s empty out in summer time. That has not been the case this summer at all, as we have had higher numbers since June. People need to stay here for many different reasons, so as of yet we have no way to pinpoint exactly why we have a higher volume of clients. I know the vacancy rate is very low in Saskatoon and this may account for some of the pressure of shelters. Jordon, our General Manager, wrote more about this in a previous post.
Please consider donating to a community organization that helps women in need in Saskatoon. We always appreciate shampoo, conditioner, soap, feminine hygiene products, new underwear and socks. If you would like to volunteer at the Lighthouse, you can fill out an application here.
In June the Lighthouse started some new programs. Dennis, Whitney Rines, and Whitney Wilkinson, more commonly referred to as Dennis and the Whitneys have designed programs for all skill levels. There has been great turn-out and these programs continue to get better and better.
Monday – Recovery Class @ 1:30pm This is a group to ask questions and receive answers about addictions. This group offers support on achieving and maintaining sobriety.
This class is a way for clients to express themselves in a new way. They do all different types of art and no experience is needed. Art is a great way to relieve stress and anger. Each person’s art has a chance to be placed in the hallways of the Lighthouse for everyone to see their wonderful creations if they wish, or they can keep their completed art.
This class is a great opportunity for volunteers to get involved. We would also appreciate any artistic supplies.
Wednesday – People Skills Class@10:30am
People skills class is a great way to learn communication skills needed in day to day life. The class is a great way to practice people skills in a non-judging environment. The class touches on many different topics which are useful for everyone. There is a lot of role-playing in this class, which participants really enjoy.
Thursday – Walking Group @ 1:00pm
The walking group is a way to get outside and get some exercise among friends. They will be walking to various places and at times to activities. The walking group gives participants a chance to win great prizes like this MP3 player if they walk a certain distance over time. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know online.
Friday – Funday Group @ 2:00pm
Friday is most certainly a fun day where different activities will be planned depending on the season and what is happening in the city. Some days there will be movies, some days the group will be going swimming or to the museum. Friday’s activities will always be posted on the calendar located at the main office downstairs. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know online.