Another of Lloydminster’s social service organizations feeling an increase of activity as of late is the Lloydminster Interval Home. Over the last year and a half the Interval Home has seen an increase of requests for admission, and with that, the amount of people they’ve had to turn away has also gone up.
“For last year it was probably close to 400 people (served) because we have an ability to house 21 people at a time and that’s it,” said executive director Angela Rooks-Trotzuk of the amount of people they’ve had to decline. “We can’t ever go over that, so typically we serve the same amount of people, between 350 and 400 per year. That’s the maximum amount of people we will ever serve because we’re only licensed for so many. But definitely the request for admissions has increased over the last year.”
Much like the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter, people who have to be turned away from the Interval Home aren’t done so without some help. Those who can’t find a space are connected with other social services for transportation to a family member, another safe place in the city or wherever they originally come from.
Rooks-Trotzuk can’t confirm for sure if the increase in activity at the Interval Home is related to the economy, but she says they do know that domestic violence jumps when there’s added stress.
“Any kind of stress that is placed on the family unit will increase the likelihood of an instance of family violence,” she said. “Although the people that are asking for admission to our shelter aren’t identifying that they’re asking for admission due to the partner losing a job or having been laid off, we do know that domestic violence incidents spike with the more stress that’s created in the family.”
The Interval Store, which is the second-hand shop the home has set up to collect clothing and household items for women and children at the shelter, has also seen a decline in donations of products like meat and groceries. The Interval Store acts as the home’s main internal fundraiser, with anything left over being sold back to the community to fund their programs.
Aside from the store, the Interval Home relies heavily on grant applications and donations from the community.
“But next year, in 2016, will be our new fundraiser, which is called the ‘Dreaming Out Loud Children’s Ball’ and that’s a new fundraiser that we’re hosting,” said Rooks-Trotzuk. “That’s going to be an event basically for children, so it’s going to be a royal ball held in honour of little girls and little boys.”
Anyone wanting to donate household items or volunteer can call the Interval Store at 780-808-8485 or if they are interested in donating food or monetary items they can call the shelter at 780-808-5282.