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Residents In Recovery repurposing bus depot

“We’ve pulled a lot of people through our program off the streets of downtown Lloydminster. And they are [now] contributing members of society. Many of them have their kids back; their families back. Many of them are working.”

Executive Director Tyler Lorenz with Residents In Recovery is sharing on their ongoing sober living projects as they continue to help people battling addictions.

Since November 2020, Residents In Recovery have had 12 beds in operation with help from the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

This year SHA funding of $171, 000 will go to the local non-profit to support the cost of these beds in the addiction recovery process.

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Provincial officials say the pre- and post- addiction treatment beds are to help people recovering from substance use disorders, including crystal meth, opioid and alcohol addiction.

Lorenz says the funding offers great assistance to their sober living operation.

“It has been going really well. It really supports residents of Saskatchewan with that continuum of care which is so needed when we see it make such a huge impact on the long term success of the recoveries.”

Residents In Recovery is also expanding their services as they repurpose the old bus depot located west of downtown.

Lorenz explains this new facility which they leased about a month ago will offer family programming to their clients and children.

“We are going to be utilizing that space for child educational programs, for toddlers and pre-school children, as well as after school care while mothers are still in day programming.”

Their sober living houses on the Alberta side are supported by community donations. Residents In Recovery will be hosting a golf tournament in June to support their fundraising efforts, says Lorenz.

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