Moses Lake Shelter and
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.
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.
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.