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Lighthouse Stabilization and Wellness Centre Officially Opens in Saskatoon

Released on November 20, 2015

An innovative wellness center at The Lighthouse Supported Living (Lighthouse) officially opened today in Saskatoon.  The shelter will provide an alternative for manageably intoxicated individuals who are unable to access other shelter services.Part of the funding is also being used to renovate 59 existing units in the Dubé Lighthouse that provides housing for close to 70 individuals.   The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. operates the Dubé Lighthouse facility.

The total cost of this project is $4 million.  Funding of $1.5 million from the government was provided by the Ministry of Health ($1 million), the Ministry of Justice ($250,000), and the Ministry of Social Services through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation ($250,000).  The City of Saskatoon contributed $126,000 toward the project and additional funding was provided through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and other fundraising.

IMG_0163“Our government is proud to work with Lighthouse to help vulnerable citizens in this community have improved access to a safe place to live with supports in place if required,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said.  “This aligns with a number of priorities outlined in our Provincial Housing Strategy, which includes supporting individuals and families in greatest housing need.  These two initiatives are examples of that vision in action.”

“We are pleased to see the completion of the Lighthouse Stabilization and Wellness Centre project in Saskatoon,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “We are proud to support our community partners like Lighthouse, who are reaching out into communities to help people improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.   This project also supports the recommendations in the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, specifically ensuring that individuals with addictions issues have access to timely and appropriate care.”

IMG_0168“Our ministry is proud to partner in upgrading this valuable community facility,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “We know how important it is that places like the Dubé Lighthouse exist to provide shelter and housing for vulnerable individuals who require extra support.”

“We are grateful to the many community members who came together to volunteer and donate toward the ‘Up’ Capital Campaign, Les and Irene Dubé who led with an amazing gift of $1 million, and the Provincial Government for seeing the value in this project,” Lighthouse Executive Director Don Windels said.  “We are thankful the expanded Stabilization Unit will be operational before this winter so we can continue to provide emergency shelter to those in need in our community.”

The project features a stabilization shelter with approximately 38 beds for individuals who are manageably intoxicated.   The second floor provides programming and office space, and the third floor features a wellness center with exercise facilities and atrium.

IMG_0166Since November 2007, 167 affordable rental units have been completed by the province for those considered ‘hard to house’ and facing multiple challenges such as disabilities and addictions in Saskatoon.  Including the Lighthouse, an additional 40 units are currently under construction.

The Lighthouse provides housing for approximately 230 individuals on any given day.   It provides 126 permanent housing units and about 94 emergency shelter spaces for vulnerable individuals, including the working poor, people with physical or intellectual disabilities, and people with addictions.

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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

Photos from the Grand Opening of the East Tower

The Honourable June Draude speaking

Minister June Draude, Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation spoke first. The SHC contributed approximately $12.9 million toward the total project cost of more than $17 million, with the balance provided by the Lighthouse and the City of Saskatoon.

His Worship Mayor Don Atchison

City of Saskatoon’s Mayor Don Atchison spoke on behalf of the city.

People attending the grand opening

People attending the grand opening

Many people from other community service agencies that help us support our clients also attended.


Our Executive Director Don Windels thanked our partners for their support.

Prayer of dedication

Reverend Brad Mayer blessed the new building.


The Minister, Mayor, our ED, Norm and Melba (long-time supporters), and Pierre Trudel, President of our board cutting the ribbon!