Many of you know that One Small Step started because of the Sanctum Care Group Challenge. With their upcoming event and gala this May 25th, 26th and 27th, we thought it would be interesting to share a new program they run with you, along with information about the challenge this year.
The Prenatal Outreach and Resource Team provides intensive support to pregnant women who are at risk of having their infants apprehended at birth. This preventative team works to address the whole person, including addressing the health and social issues that often lead to infant apprehension at birth.
Sanctum Event and Gala May 27th
On May 25 & 26, 2023 community leaders will live as if homeless for 36 hours on the streets of Saskatoon as part of the Sanctum Survivor 36-Hour Challenge. In teams of two, participants will be given tasks to complete. Each task will aim to demonstrate certain challenges that society is often unaware of, but which are an everyday reality for those who are homeless with HIV. Participants will wear donated clothes and shoes. They will not be allowed any personal belongings other than a phone (to update the public on their journey). The event itself is both powerful and unprecedented. It attempts to shed light on the intense hardship faced by people who experience poverty, homelessness and chronic illness here in Saskatoon.
Sanctum Care Group acknowledges that the 36-hour homelessness experience by no means accurately depicts the numerous barriers and complex issues faced by persons who survive daily in poverty and homelessness; however, Sanctum Care Group believes that drawing awareness to some of the many challenges will be a catalyst for real and lasting change.
Following the 36 hours, the Sanctum Survivor Gala will take place on Saturday, May 27 and is an opportunity for the 10 individuals to share about their experience in a panel format, learn about the programs Sanctum Care Group provides, and raise critical funds to support the work of Sanctum Care Group.
Take a moment to watch the video from the 2022 Challenge here.
This year, several local leaders have confirmed their participation in the Sanctum Care Group Challenge:
Charlie Clark (Mayor of Saskatoon)
David Dube (Philanthropist)
Fatima Coovadia (Saskatchewan Human Rights Commissioner)
Sara Wheelwright (CEO, Trusted Saskatoon)
Dr. Benjamin Leis (Cardiologist)
Nilesh Kavia (CFO, Affinity Credit Union)
Chris Guerette (CEO, Saskatchewan Realtors Association)
Tonya Gresty (Inspector, Saskatoon Police Service)
Cameron Choquette (CEO, Saskatchewan Landlord Association)
Marv Freisen (MLA, Saskatoon Riversdale)
If you’d like to listen to their experience at the gala on May 27th, get your ticket here.
Are you a Front Line Worker? Thank you for all you do in our community!
Use the discount code THANKYOUFLW to receive $50 off an individual ticket.