Moses Lake Shelter and Soup Kitchen

In 2004, under the FCSS new initiatives, a Homeless shelter was built at the Moses Lake Community near the Roman Catholic Church. The facility provides overnite shelter to community members under strictly supervised conditions with alcohol and substance abuse prohibited on the site. It also provides a meal to the desitute with the help and support of Cardston Community members who volunteer their time to feed the visitors to the shelter. Much of the food used for the soup kitchen comes from the Kainai Food Bank and other donations from the Cardston community. The Soup kitchen has been very successful inits first year of operation and feeds a growing number of Blood Tribe members.

Background:

The Blood Tribe Social Development is committed to assisting Blood Tribe homeless and transient members in rebuilding their lives. The plight of the homeless and transient population is a critical social problem in the community. A number of Blood Tribe agencies and individuals attempted to work towards developing a temporary location and providing meals and programming for the transient and homeless people. In 1999 the Moses Lake Community Hall was used to house the transient and homeless group during the winter months. Volunteers added a Soup Kitchen to provide nutritious meals for them from the community and food donated by community agencies and church groups. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding the temporary homeless shelter and Soup Kitchen doors were eventually closed about a year later.

To continue the pioneering work done by other Blood Tribe agencies, the Blood Tribe Social Development allocated funds towards the construction of the Moses Lake Emergency Shelter. It was completed in October 2003. As well, funds were identified to be used towards opeational costs expenses of the Shelter.

Mission Statement:

The mission is to end the cycle of homelessness in their lives of Blood Tribe homeless members through intervention, education, and the mobilization of community resources.

Scope and Overview:

To provide certain essential services to homeless Blood Tribe members so that thses persons have access to a safe and sanitary shelter.

The Program's Clientele:

The Moses Lake Shelter is intended to address the needs of individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Definition of Homeless:

An individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence;

Are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, and sidewalks;

A public or private place that is not designated for, ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Goals & Objectives:

To provide temporary emergency lodging for homeless individuals and/or families.

To provide at a minimum the basic needs of a place to sleep, humane care, a clean environment, resonable security and referrals to other agencies;

To provide additional support services, including meals, case management, counseling, advocacy and help with future plans.

Implement a case plan, which has an eventual goal of independent living.