Saskatchewan’s Cold Weather Strategy is in full force once again.
This initiative aims at ensuring no one is left in the cold overnight. Regina Mobile Crisis Executive Director John McFadyen said this is done by community agencies like the police and partners including the Salvation Army and Social Services working together to refer people on the streets to different homeless shelters across the city. “That means working together and trouble shooting whether somebody is too intoxicated, if there is behavioral issues, if their homeless because of domestic violence or other situations, we ensure that they have a safe place to sleep at night.”
McFadyen said the organizations will typically refer people to shelter in the area they are found in. “Also the shelters like Salvation Army and Saskatchewan Health Authority Brief detox also have overflow beds that they are able to go to if the demand gets too great.”
He mentioned this is a very important initiative, especially in a place like Regina because “it provides for a safer community.” McFadyen adds that “Those individuals who don’t have the resources to meet their needs and don’t have a place to sleep, they’re not looking for those negative alternatives that might put other people at risk.”
The Cold Weather Strategy launched in 2012, and since there has not been any deaths or injuries due to cold weather. McFadyen says so far Mobile Crisis Services has helped 85 people under the strategy within the first ten days of November. He adds that 1,552 youth, adults and families were safe last winter thanks to the initiative.
Mobile Crisis Services is located at 1646 11th Avenue and can be reached 24 hours a day at (306) 757-0127. It says it is encouraging anyone in need to contact them.