Meet Curtis

What does your donation look like? It looks like Curtis. 

Curtis is a participant of the Journey Home Program. In April 2014, United Way of Saskatoon and Area partnered with Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service (SCIS) to deliver a Housing First program in Saskatoon. Journey Home, is based on the international Housing First model, which moves people from homelessness directly into housing without any barriers. The program focuses on our most vulnerable citizens who have been chronically homeless, most of whom also struggle with complex issues related to mental health and addictions.

Without a place to call home, these individuals were living rough on the streets, couch surfing, staying in emergency shelters or motels, or in hospitals and in the cold winter months living outside could have tragic consequences. With the safety of shelter and support provided by trained and highly skilled social workers, Journey Home participants have been able to better and more appropriately utilize public services. As of February 2017, 50 of Saskatoon’s most chronically homeless citizens have been given housing and offered supportive services.