STR8UP Saskatoon's Transitional Housing Program
Our Sweet Goodness partner for July is STR8UP Saskatoon. They assist individuals in mastering their own destiny and liberating themselves from gangs, addictions, and criminal street lifestyles.
We wanted to give them an opportunity to raise awareness about any of their different programs, and they asked to talk about their Transitional Housing, Little Steps.
Transitional Housing, Little Steps
Coming out of provincial and federal institutions can be overwhelming. Many things need to be accomplished to get set up in the community that cannot be done while still incarcerated. The reality for many is that they are left with nowhere to go and with only what they had when they went inside. Going back to what they know seems like the only option.
STR8 UP Transitional Housing provides fully furnished suites for individuals and Transitional Housing Workers to assist individuals with the transition back to community and independence.
STR8 UP Transitional Housing program provides a temporary sober housing solution for individuals who are being released into the community and/or otherwise able to live independently but need assistance in various areas while securing permanent housing.
STR8 UP is able to provide 11 transitional housing suites in our community. The housing suites provide a 30-90 day stay for individuals who are being released from provincial or federal institutions or who have current criminal justice involvement. During their stay, individuals will be supported in obtaining government issued ID’s, medical care, life skills, addressing addictions, education, employment, community support connections and permanent housing.
STR8 UP second-stage housing suites provide a 6 to 12 month stay for individuals who are currently living in transitional suites and need additional support before they are ready to live independently in the community.
This program is for people who:
- are motivated to change
- have a willingness to follow expectations of sobriety
- are 18 years and older
- are justice involved or already connected with STR8 UP
- are Saskatchewan residents
- are willing to case plan and connect with our support staff
- want to attend programming based on their needs
STR8 UP Transitional Housing Workers take the time to case plan with tenants one-on-one. Our case planning model is based on the Medicine Wheel. Each case plan looks different and reflects the needs of each individual.
Basic necessities are always met first (ID, income, bank accounts and medical care). Referrals, advocacy and transports can be done for those wishing to address their addictions or mental health. Resume building for employment, assistance in filling out applications for education and housing is also done. Life skills such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and budgeting can also be part of their case plan.
The work STR8UP Saskatoon does is incredibly important and impactful, and we are happy to be able to help support them. Please take the time to look at their website and learn about the other programs they offer, such as the GVRS CIM Program.
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Do you support other charities that are worthy ones, in the city, or urgent needed SK provincial ones?
Or,do you support this one all year long?
There are a few that need urgent help:
- Saskatoon Womens’ Sexual Assault Center
- Saskatchewan eating disorder center in rural SK, not in hospital! (Fantastic program needs baking/kitchen equipment,n supplies, n fundraising)
(Can we start to sponsor a province wide equipment program? Donate what you can, idea… plus, it’s cold there in the winter. But we go, because it’s the best program ever!!)
- Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association- treatment and prevention program, for all brain injuries. Young and old. Of all stages. Very welcoming group, that helps people to adjust to their lives, and gives support. Also, education prevention program.