2013 Signature Grant: The Lighthouse Mobile Outreach Van
The Saskatoon Community Foundation is proud to announce that The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. is the recipient of our 2013 Signature Grant, for its Mobile Outreach Van. Using a retrofitted ambulance, teams of two will provide transportation to homeless and/or intoxicated individuals to the Lighthouse or other support services between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
"The goal of the program is to engage homeless, street-entrenched individuals and develop relationships with the purpose of assisting them in accessing housing and other services including healthcare, mental health and addictions resources," says Dennis Bueckert, Director of Client Services at the Lighthouse. "The focus will be on going to where these individuals are in our community and helping them with what they need."
The Lighthouse has a nurse on site, as well as counselors on staff to help connect those who spend the night to resources in the morning. There has been an increase in the number of people staying in the Stabilization Unit month over month, which means that there are fewer people using other emergency services unnecessarily such as police, ambulance and emergency room visits due to intoxication. The Lighthouse is continuing to fundraise to expand the Stabilization Unit to a full 24-hour program with 37 beds as well as renovate the long-term supported living suites.