Residential Services
More than just warehousing people

The Words of William Booth
William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army wrote the book, "In Darkest England and the Way Out", in 1890.  In that book, he outlines things that are still relevant today:

Essential Elements of any Scheme Likely to Command Success:

  1. The first essential that must be borne in mind as governing every Scheme (Project) that may be put forward is that it must change the man when it is his character and conduct which constitute the reasons for his failure in the battle of life.
  2. The remedy, to be effectual, must change the circumstances of the individual when they are the cause of his wretched condition, and lie beyond his control.
  3. Any remedy worthy of consideration must be on a scale commesurate with the evil with which it proposes to deal.
  4. Not only must the Scheme be large enough, but it must be permanent.
  5. But while it must be permanent, it must also be immediately practiceable.
  6. The indirect features of the Scheme must not be such as to produce injury to the persons whom we seek to benefit.
  7. While assisting one class of the community, it must not seriously interfere with the interest of another (1890, pp. 85-87)
William Booth understood Housing First!

"As I have repeatedly stated already, but will state once more, for it is important enough to bear endless repetition, one of the first steps which must inevitably be taken in the reformation of this class, is to make for them decent, healthy, pleasant homes, or help them to make them for themselves, which, if possible, is far better.  I do not regard the institution of any first, second, or third-class lodging-houses as affording anything but palliatives of the existing distress.  To substitute life in a boarding-house for life in the streets is, no doubt, an immense advance, but it is by no means the ultimatum.  Life in a boarding-house is better than the worst, but it is far from being the best form of human existence.  Hence, the object I constantly keep in view is how to pilot those persons who have been set on their feet again by means of the Food and Shelter Depots, and who have obtained employment in the city, into the possession of homes of their own (William Booth, 1890, p. 210)
"Everyone needs someone to believe in them - for many people, The Salvation Army is that someone."
 
Joe Roberts
Skidrow CEO

Read below how we intend to carry out William Booth's plan

Journey to Life
When someone has lived on the street or in the shelter system for an extended period, reintegrating into society holds many challenges.  Life skills, social skills, education and job skills are often lacking.
 
It is very difficult to expect that someone can be handed a set of keys to an apartment and be able to go from living on the street to successfully maintaining independent housing.  Many of these people have mental health or addictions issues, many have never had the opportunity to learn life skills that help someone to socialize and take care of themselves.
 
Our vision is to walk these men through a process with strong case management, where they will firstly find some stability - physically and mentally; and financially.  We have already arranged for bi-weekly visits from EMS to do wellness checkups on the residents.  The eHow Worker from Ontario Works will help them to obtain identification if they don't already have it, and to get them established on Ontario Works.  They will have an improved diet and comfortable sleeping conditions.
 
Once stabilized, we will move them into a Life Skills phase, where it will be determined what are the barriers they face to becoming independent.  We will offer teaching in simple things like personal hygiene, time management, social etiquette, cooking, laundry, and self-management.  We will also offer drug and alcohol recovery classes.

Once this phase is completed, the resident will move into an Education and Job Skills phase.  Each resident will have a personalized plan based on their needs, skills and passion.  We will offer literacy and numeracy classes, computer classes and, through partnerships with community businesses, we will offer placements and volunteer opportunities that will provide the necessary skills for the men to find work.
 
The final phase is to obtain housing - with the help of the eHow worker we will determine the best situation for each resident; what community supports will be required and work towards getting him settled into stable housing.  We will continue to monitor his progress for a period following to ensure success.
"When no one else sees you, The Salvation Army does."
 
Joe Roberts
Skidrow CEO
Correctional Services
We provide a halfway house environment to 8 federal parole clients who are finishing their sentences and re-establishing themselves.
These men stay for periods of up to two years.  They have conditions on their stay and will return to prison should they break those conditions.
 
We also provide weekly life skills classes for men and parenting classes for women at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre on Hwy. 61.
 
We treat all people with dignity and respect and believe that everyone deserves a second chance.
Homes for Special Care
When the decision was made a number of years ago to close most of the psychiatric hospitals, there was a hole left that many people have fallen through.
Men with mental and/or developmental challenges, and addictions struggle to get through every day.  They need support to carry out the simplest of tasks.
 
We provide long term housing and daily support to 9 men.  They are provided with all of the necessities of life, and a safe, secure environment.
Habitat
Located at 219 Pearl Street, this 34-unit apartment building provides housing for people living with mental and or developmental challenges - some also suffer with addictions.
The building is owned and operated by the city, with case management provided by The Salvation Army.  Three full-time case workers provide the support needed by these residents.
 
Both men and women live independently in self-contained apartments, with recreational and life-skills programming provided by the case workers.
Field of Greens
On our property at 545 Cumberland Street North, we have a beautiful green space sponsored by the Port Arthur Rotary Club.  There is a beautiful vegetable garden, along with a patio and pergola.
 
In the spring, staff, volunteers and residents prepare the gardens for planting.  Throughout
the season, every week a team spends Wednesday afternoons tending the garden, pulling weeds and making sure everything is growing as it should.  Twenty apple trees round out the garden.
 
Produce is used in our kitchen for residents' meals, and is given out in our Food Bank.
 
Thanks to the Rotary Club for this great addition to our programming.