Joy in the midst of the pandemic!
(in the photo from left to right; Barb and our Shayil Home Women's Addiction Program Manager Bea)
"My name is Barb and I am a proud Indigenous Christian woman.
I was born in The Pas MB. I was adopted when I was 5 years old by a white couple, and we moved to Saskatchewan when I was 10. There I experienced a lot of racism. I took my first drink at the age of 12, and at 20 I was a heavy drinker.
Later in life I gave birth to two beautiful girls whom I eventually lost to my addiction. The booze helped numb the pain. At 50 years old I was at the end of my rope and so I checked into Shayil Home; Souls Harbour Rescue Mission’s women’s addiction program.
There I learnt how to deal with my pain. I learned healthy coping skills. I learned what alcohol did to me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I accepted the Lord as my Saviour.
Today I’ve been sober for nearly a year. I’ve graduated the program, and I’ll be training to be the manager of the Mission’s catering company; Soul Sisters Catering. There is hope and purpose for my life, and I’m thankful for the staff at Souls Harbour who believed in me. I thank the Lord that there is a place like this to go to when the world doesn't make sense!"
For the last couple of months our 'front-line' staff have been faithfully serving those in need throughout this coronovirus crisis. As such I wanted to make a point of recognizing some of the Mission staff pictured here (not all of them) with Bob Fallon; our Emergency Services Manager, for the exceptional job they have done in continuing to safely feed and shelter the public through these challenging times! So THANK YOU Peter, Nithin, Christian, John, Nissar, Sam, Stephen, and last but definitely not least Tina, for an outstanding and compassionate job well done! - Joe
FOOD DONATIONS: Late last week we received a plethora of bulk food donations! 8,000 pounds of apples, 1500 pounds of fresh whole chicken and hundreds of bottles of mineral water and canned sprite! Amazing, and as is our practice, we not only fed our guests, but shared this bounty with the Regina Food Bank, ICF, Salvation Army, and the Marian Centre.
Yesterday we welcomed back Heewon, our Director of Childcare Services, from her maternity leave, and we celebrated her birthday as well! She's originally from South Korea and it turns out that they 'count the years' a little differently there. Hence the blend of Korean and Canadian numbers making her 3940 years old! I must say, she looks fantastic! 😀