A person who is homeless is someone who has no fixed address. People who are homeless may be living with family or friends; sleeping on a friendís couch, that is referred to as couch surfing; or living in vacant buildings, drug houses, shelters or on the street. On a national average only fifteen percent of the homeless people are visible to the public. It is important that we recognize the needs of these people and help reduce any risks they might be facing.
The lloydminster Men's Shelter networks with other communities to address homelessness in Alberta and Saskatchewan. We keep informed on the current trends regarding the homeless, look at the causes that create homelessness and update intervention strategies to adress the issue.
As society grows and changes with each generation this becomes a multi-generational condition that varies from community to community, Lloydminster is considered a rural setting.
Homelessness has a different face from the large urban cities, in some countries homelessness has been tracked for centuries. War and the economy tend to play a large role in contribution to these issues
The first organizational meeting was held in November of 1998 at the Grace United Church. This was a gathering of interested people and organizations that came together to decide if a homeless shelter was needed in Lloydminster. Meetings continued and we became a registered charity in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The Lloydminster Men's Shelter opened it's doors in March of 2008. We are a twenty-eight bed shelter to house homeless men 18 years and older.
This is a drug and alcohol free facility. Everyone is checked daily when they come through our doors and they must pass a breathalyzer test for alcohol and an eye test for drug screening.
Coldest Night Of The Year - 2017
By walking and fundraising together, we will explore the chill and challenges of living on the streets in winter, while raising much-needed money for our charitable partners who serve and engage the homeless communities so well.