For 25 years Souls Harbour Rescue Mission has been offering help and hope to men, women and children in Saskatchewan and beyond. With a shared history of two organizations blended in purpose to reach out to those in need, we have spent the past 25 years working to meet the needs of those in our community to the best of our ability. In that time we have served over 1.6 million meals, given away more than 310,000 pieces of clothing and provided in excess of 65,000 nights of emergency shelter! In addition to this, those participating in our addiction programs have received more than 70,000 hours of class time and over 2,000 counselling sessions! We have also touched the lives of numerous families through our daycare and youth centre. Thank you for being a partner with us in this meaningful work!
Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission originally began as two different charities. Gerri Carroll founded Souls Harbour Mission House in 1990. She began reaching out to others, in her basement, with a coffee pot and some milk crates as chairs. Within a year she was feeding 50-60 people a day. Eventually, word spread on the street that there was now a safe place to go for a good meal and many more were served on a daily basis. Gerri Carroll passed away in March of 2006, but her legacy lives on.
Ken and Michelle Porter started the Regina RESCUE Mission in 1999. They moved to Regina from Winnipeg with a dream of starting a long-term recovery program here. The first building they rented was a dilapidated ‘crack house’ located at 2076 Scarth Street, and while Gerri continued to feed the hungry, the Porters reached out to the homeless and the addicted. It was in the Scarth Street building that the RRM’s first long-term recovery program was started.
In January of 2007, Souls Harbour Mission House and the Regina RESCUE Mission officially merged to form “Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission.” The two organizations had been working together for a while and realized that they shared many of the same goals. Rather than duplicating services, the two became one.
Today Souls Harbour Rescue Mission provides a variety of programs and services including; a Men’s Emergency Shelter, Women’s Transitional Housing, a ‘Free’ Clothing store, a Meal Program (soup kitchen), the Dean Smith Youth Centre, Little Souls Daycare, the Shayil Home Women’s Addictions Program for women and their children, and affordable housing through ‘Harbour House’, a 30 suite low income apartment building, and 16 more suites through the proposed ‘Samaritan Project.’