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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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Assisted living centre gets tax money for renovation, new unit

Reported by Bryn Levy
First Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:03pm | Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014 5:00pm

A commitment from the provincial government means a major facelift for the Lighthouse Supported Living facility in downtown Saskatoon.

Health minister Dustin Duncan was on hand to announce $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.

“It’s just a very worthwhile program and organization that’s been serving the people of Saskatoon for many years,” Duncan said.

The money caps a $4 million fundraising blitz started by the Lighthouse 11 months ago. A portion will go towards renovations to the facility, which provides housing to about 70 people in what was formerly the Capri Hotel.

The Lighthouse’s DeeAnne Mercier said the renovation will bring the building “into this century.”

“We’re going to be taking out the carpeting, re-doing the drywall, re-doing the plumbing, re-doing the bathroom fixtures. Making accessible doorways for people. Just those little things that are so important when you want to provide a safe home for people,” Mercier said.

Another piece of the project will see the construction of a 38-bed stabilisation unit.  The new unit will provide temporary emergency shelter to people who may be too intoxicated to be housed elsewhere.

Tracy Muggli is director of mental health and addictions services for the Saskatoon Health Region. She said the new unit will help reduce costly emergency room visits when the region’s eight bed Brief Detox Unit (BDU) fills up.

“We know that we can provide shelter services for far less. And, it’s a far more appropriate placement for people that are struggling,” she said.

For the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS), the issue of where to house intoxicated people is particularly important.

The service was rocked by three deaths in its holding cells back in 2010, and has been pushing to get out of the business of being the city’s housing of last resort ever since.

“We did have three in-custody deaths within a short period of time. And nobody wants to see that, whether it be in cells, whether it be in a park, or in your own home,” said Inspector Larry Vols, who heads up the SPS Headquarters Division.

Vols said the new unit will be another step in relieving pressure on the holding cells.

“People that need housing, that need other assistance, don’t need to be in our cells. We’re happy to see that there’s money being put aside for them,” he said.

Coldest Night of the Year walk raises money for city’s homeless

Reported by Lasia Kretzel
First Posted: Feb 22, 2014 9:41am | Last Updated: Feb 22, 2014 9:42am
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As old man winter continues to pummel the prairies, hundreds of Saskatoon residents will take to the streets tonight to help the city’s most vulnerable.

Hosted by The Lighthouse, the first Saskatoon Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser walk offers walkers a hint of what the city’s homeless may experience on a daily basis.

“This walk is just a tiny little taste for a lot of people in Saskatoon that they don’t get to see,” Lighthouse spokeswoman DeeAnn Mercier said, adding the city’s homeless often don’t even have the luxury of riding the bus.

“There are those appointments that they have to make whether it’s minus 30 or not and that often may mean walking.”

The two, five or 10 kilometer walk raises money for the city’s homeless services. Since 2011, more than 60 Canadian communities have raised $2.4 million for the cause.

With howling wind chills reaching -45 C, this winter has been a challenge for the city’s homeless.

“I saw a gentleman who came in with some of the worst frostbite I’ve ever seen in my entire life, just absolutely black stubs of fingers and needed help changing his bandages. It’s just completely disturbing that people are having some of those challenges in Saskatoon,” she said.

The Lighthouse has 25 beds for women and upwards of 30 men who stay at the shelter each night but Mercier said if it came down to it, they would put mattresses in the hallways to make sure everyone had a warm place to sleep.

Mercier said just over 200 people have registered for Saturday night’s walk and they’ve surpassed their $25,000 goal by a landslide.

“We’ve broken $33,000 but I think we’ll break $35,000,” she said.

Registration for the walk gets underway at the Lighthouse at 4 p.m. and the walk begins at 5:15 p.m. Everything will wrap up back at the Lighthouse with hot drinks and chilly.

 

Thanks to CKOM for this article raising awareness for the Coldest Night of the Year walk and our wonderful sponsors, especially KPMG and the United Way. By the time this hit the airways we had already hit $35,000!!

Lighthouse in Saskatoon gets major donation

As reported by Chris Mangatal of CKOM News

Having a roof over your head is one of the basic necessities of a healthy lifestyle — but sometimes those dealing with mental health issues and addictions have a hard time finding a place to live.

A $170,000 donation from the Saskatoon Health Region going towards Lighthouse Supported Living has allowed them to renovate nine rooms in the complex needs wing.

“Now we have an option where the support is built right into the facility and we also have professionals coming in from the health region to continue to add to that support,” said Tracy Muggli, director of mental health and addictions services for the Saskatoon Health Region.

“I think one of the big difficulties is the stigma that’s associated with addictions and mental health.”

She said addressing that stigma is one of their major tasks — to create more capacity in the community to provide living space.

“We’re trying to house those people that need someone to take a chance on them, so that they can go out into the community,” said DeeAnn Mercier, director of communications at the Lighthouse.

“It’s a place for people to be stabilized and focus on the next step in their lives, to gain greater independence.”

There is a lot of excitement coming from those waiting to move into the new rooms.

“I have one lady who’s constantly asking me when can I move in? When can I move in? Can i buy toilet paper yet? Should I buy toilet paper today? When can I move in?” said Mercier.
The Lighthouse plans to open a new tower in the fall with affordable housing units, which will include kitchenettes for more independent living.