As the city remains locked in an Arctic deep-freeze and temperatures drop below -40C at night, no one should be outside for too long and The Lighthouse has its doors open, ready for those in need.
According to general manager Kerry Reimer, there is more than enough supplies for anyone who finds themselves out on the street on a cold night.
“We saw a lot of people come in before Christmas and now that the cold weather has hit, we actually have room for more people,” Reimer said. “It could be just for a short warm-up or coffee, or even a meal.”
Reimer adds there are also many open beds for anyone who needs a place to spend the night.
“We have what you would call our regular residents, but we still have room for emergency stays as well. I mean, we’re not a hotel, but for those who find themselves on the street, our doors are open.”
According to Reimer, Lighthouse staff alongside RCMP are constantly patrolling the city looking out for anyone who might need shelter and will gladly give them a ride back to the facility. He said some people may be intoxicated or too proud to seek out help on their own, so staff work to urge them to head to the shelter for their own safety.
People can also call the Lighthouse’s mobile outreach program or the RCMP if they are stranded and staff will work to organize a pickup.
Reimer wanted to "express how thankful" the shelter was for "the huge amount of donations that we’ve received," as they wouldn’t be able to accommodate people in such times of need if not for the community.
“From financial, to clothing, to food drop-offs, it’s been amazing," he said. "We still have room for more giving, but we are especially thankful for what has come in so far. The spirit of giving is certainly alive and well in North Battleford and area.”
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