Introduction to The Lighthouse!

This course provides you with an introduction to The Lighthouse including our history, current operations, mission/vision, core values, and more!

Our Vision, Mission, Core Values and Code of Ethics

Building People Up: VIDEO (audio required)

Vision of The Lighthouse


"Building people up holistically with dignity, respect, and love."

The vision statement of The Lighthouse was updated by the Board of Directors in 2015.

Mission of The Lighthouse

Our Mission

To be a dynamic and innovative housing and service provider in the communities we serve that assists individuals in reaching higher levels of personal growth and independence by providing supports and meeting individual needs.

Our Core Values

  • To strive for excellence
  • To demonstrate unconditional love through a gentle, kind and friendly manner
  • To inspire, encourage and give hope to those we serve
  • To show honesty, integrity and accountability at all times
  • To display courage in adversity
  • To constantly promote an environment of trust
  • To maintain an atmosphere that promotes creativity and innovation
  • Respect co-workers, volunteers, clients and The Lighthouse as an agency
  • Be good stewards of resources, time, money and the environment

Our Code of Ethics

The Lighthouse expects:

  • Respect and dignity for all people - other staff, clients, volunteers etc.

  • Respect for the properties of The Lighthouse and our cities and environment.

  • Respect for the business operation of caring for those in need.

The Lighthouse does not accept:

  • False or fraudulent statements in application forms or other records
  • Misrepresentation or lying
  • Acts of theft, harassment, coercion or use of profane, disrespectful, insulting or slanderous language
  • Wilful misconduct, disobedience or insubordination
  • Violence or bodily harm inflicted on supervisors, employees or clients
  • Rough jokes, horseplay or harmful gossip
  • Any wilful neglect of duties or violations of The Lighthouse policies and procedures


  • Carrying firearms or deadly weapons within The Lighthouse’s premises
  • Drinking alcohol or taking prohibited drugs while at work or on the premises
  • Bringing alcohol or prohibited drugs into the work place
  • Employees reporting to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Any action endangering the lives of clients or employees
  • Any wilful action causing damage to The Lighthouse property

Our vision statement is "Building people up holistically with...."

  • Respect and love
  • Dignity, respect and love
  • Dignity and love
  • Respect, dignity and love

History of the Building

The Empire Hotel


The Empire Hotel

The building had its start in 1906 as The Empire Hotel - the first of the grand historic hotels in Saskatoon.

Addition of the Theatre


In 1913, a major addition was made to The Empire Hotel. This included a new wing, as well as a 1200 seat theatre.

Name Changes


  • In the 1960s the hotel became The Executive Motor Inn.
  • The hotel changed hands in the 1970s again and was renamed The Capri Motor Hotel (shown in photo).

Capri Place


  • In 1997 the building was donated to The Lighthouse (known then as the Voyageur Club).
  • The supported living tower became known as Capri Place.

The Affordable Tower


  • On September 1, 2012 the Affordable Tower opened at The Lighthouse.
  • This mixed-use building has 47 one bedroom and 11 two bedroom units (58 units total), as well as one floor of dining and programming space.

The Dubé Tower


  • In 2013, a campaign was launched to raise four million dollars to renovate the former hotel building along with the waterslide space within the hotel. Les and Irene Dubé donated $1,000,000. In honour of their lead donation, Capri Place was renamed.
  • The Dubé Tower has 68 suites total.

Wellness Centre


  • In 2014 a renovation project began to convert the hotel's waterslide space into a three-floor Wellness Centre.
  • This project was completed in January 2016, and features a 38-bed stabilization shelter; programming and office space; and a gym/staff area.

Please select all that apply: The Supported Tower used to be which of these hotels?

  • The Empire Hotel
  • The Empire Motor Inn
  • The Capri Motor Hotel
  • The Executive Motor Inn

In what year did the Affordable Tower open?

  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013

How many suites are in each of the towers?

  • Affordable Housing Tower
    58 suites
  • Supported Living Tower
    68 suites

History of the Organization

The Voyageur Club

  • 1992: The Voyageur Club Of Saskatoon Inc. was incorporated and became a charity; founded by Jackie Groat.
  • 1997: Local businessman Pius Pfieffer donated the building to the Voyageur Club.
  • 2003: Don Windels became the Executive Director
  • 2007: Name of the charity was changed to The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.

The Lighthouse

  • 2007: 17 bed emergency shelter for men was opened
  • 2008: Men's shelter turned into a women's shelter
  • 2009: A 20-bed emergency shelter opened for men
  • 2012: Old bingo hall converted to a 20 bed women's shelter
  • 2012: Complex Needs program begins with 9 units on the 1st floor

The Lighthouse

  • 2012: New tower, kitchen, front desk and nurse's station was opened
  • 2013: 20-bed Stabilization Shelter was opened
  • 2014: The Up! Capital Campaign was launched
  • 2014: Mobile Outreach program was launched; psychiatric nurse began working part-time out of The Lighthouse
  • 2015: The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords was opened
  • 2015: Saskatoon Health Region initiative to increase client services
  • 2016: Wellness Centre (with new stabilization shelter) officially opened

What was The Lighthouse organization originally called?

  • The Voyage Club
  • The Voyageur Club

What year was the name changed to The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.?

  • 2003
  • 2007
  • 2009

Current Operations

Summary of Current Operations

The Lighthouse has expanded greatly since its beginning in 1992! Our current operations include:

  • Affordable Housing Tower
  • Complex Needs floor
  • Emergency Shelters (men and women)
  • Mobile Outreach
  • Stabilization Shelter
  • Supported Living Tower
  • Home Again
  • Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords
  • Blue Mountain Adventure Park

We also have a number of other supports/programs including:

  • Care Team: Addictions Counsellor, Special Care Aide, Shelter Case Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Housing Team: Housing Locator, Housing First Worker, and Community Case Worker
  • Community Kitchen
  • Recovery Programs: Relapse Prevention, Recovery Group, AA Meetings, People Skills
  • Recreational Programs: Games Night, Music Group, Coffee House, Bingo, Bible Studies, etc.
  • And more!

Affordable Housing Tower

  • Opened on September 1st, 2012
  • 58 affordable living suites (47 one-bedroom; 11 two-bedroom)
  • Independent housing - each suite has a kitchen and living area
  • Main floor of tower is program space and Lighthouse dining room/kitchen

Complex Needs

  • Partnership with Saskatoon Health Region (Mental Health and Addiction Services)
  • Started in 2012 with nine suites; expanded in 2015 to seventeen suites
  • Clients staying in Complex Needs are referred to the program by Residential Services (SHR) and must have a mental health diagnosis; most clients have concurrent disorders
  • Complex Needs office is staffed 24/7 by support staff; two complex needs case managers work Monday - Friday.
  • Clients staying on the Complex Needs floor are expected to follow the rules of the program which include daily room checks, participation in recovery/recreational programs, etc.

Emergency Shelters

  • The Lighthouse has emergency shelters for men and women.
    • Note: we do not house children in our shelters. Shelter clients must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Clients complete an intake process at Front Desk and are provided with a bed for the night. The following morning clients must connect with Social Services for funding. (Clients may also opt to self-pay, or be funded through another agency).
  • Shelter beds are closed from 9 AM - 8 PM daily; during this time shelter clients still have access to the dining room/lounge

Stabilization Shelter

  • The Stabilization Shelter started in 2012 with 20 beds. It is a shelter designed for men and women who need a place to stay and are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • In January 2016, the shelter expanded to a 38 bed dorm, located on the first floor of the new Wellness Centre
  • The Stabilization Shelter is currently open 24/7.

Supported Living

  • The Dube Tower has 68 suites total (First floor is Complex Needs; remaining 51 suites are Supported Living).
  • Supported Living tower provides a higher degree of independence for our tenants than a traditional care home or group home, while still helping to manage basic daily living activities such as preparing meals, managing medications, and obtaining basic needs.
  • Supported Living clients have access to all meals in the dining room.
  • Each client has a case manager assigned to them.

Mobile Outreach

  • Working from an outreach van, Mobile Outreach Support Workers respond to calls to assist and transport clients for appointments, and also actively seek to locate homeless individuals to assess immediate need and help them access shelter, health services, etc.
  • Mobile Outreach started in 2014, operating for only four hours per day (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM).
  • The program currently operates for 12 hours per day: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
  • Individuals seeking transportation, or who notice someone in need, can call The Lighthouse Front Desk (306-653-0538) who will contact Mobile Outreach staff.

Home Again

Home Again is a transitional housing program that is intended to offer a supportive living environment to men and women while giving more independence than they would get while living at The Lighthouse.

Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords

  • In 2014, The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. was approached by community leaders in North Battleford about opening a permanent emergency shelter in their city. After much discussion, The Lighthouse purchased the Reclaim Outreach Centre at 962 102nd St. in North Battleford.
  • In October, funding for the building came from the Federal Government, as well as a generous donation from the Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Community Development Corporation (BATC CDC). These donations allowed for renovations to the building.
  • Doors opened to clients in January 2015.
  • The facility is open 24/7 and provides shelter to men, women and families. Three supported living suites are also located on-site.

Blue Mountain Adventure Park

  • Blue Mountain Adventure Park is a social enterprise owned by The Lighthouse Supported Living since 2012. 
  • The facility offers a paintball range, zip lining, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes, wall climbing, cross country skiing, tobogganing, snow shoeing, cabin rental and RV/camp sites. The facility is used for staff and client retreats, or can be rented out to other companies/businesses

How many suites are part of the Complex Needs program?

  • 15
  • 17
  • 19

In what year did the Stabilization Shelter open?

  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013

The stabilization shelter is a dorm-style shelter with up to _______ beds.

  • 20
  • 36
  • 38

What year did Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords officially open its doors?

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015